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Scientists may have figured out what dinosaur DNA looked like



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Earth has preserved dinosaur bones for millions of years, but DNA is breaking down much faster. Fortunately, scientists have come up with a way to predict what dinosaur DNA might look like.

With DNA from today's turtles and birds ̵

1; long-lost relatives of our old "terrible lizard" friends – researchers at the University of Kent, in the UK, were able to put together a DNA history dating back some 255 million years.

We know that there were dinosaurs with prickly tails, dinosaurs with extremely long necks and dinosaurs that crushed the bones of prey in their teeth. We do not often see these traits in birds (though that would be cool), so one might expect the way their DNA is arranged to be completely different.

Not the case.

Despite the variation, the research team in Kent believe that dinosaur DNA has been very stable throughout history. Their findings, published in Nature Communications in May, suggest that the birds you see today have DNA very similar to their old relatives, the dinosaurs.

The team also speculates that the way DNA is organized has "provided a design for evolutionary success" because it is capable of producing variation and thus facilitating natural selection – the animals on the planet Life gets. It may also be why we see so much variation in today's birds.

In what is likely to come bad news for many, Professor Darren Griffin, who participated in the study, can not see the research leading to any Theropod-based theme park

"We will not have Jurassic Park soon", Griffin told the BBC, explaining that you can not just put a dinosaur's DNA in a distant relative's egg and hope you get a dinosaur

I think we can trust you, Professor Griffin, but there is something in the back of my mind that tells me that life uh … finds a way.

(Sorry.)

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