Science in Fiction

Science in Fiction

04 May 2011

You Don't Worry About Velociraptors Attacking

Ever have nightmares from this?  Exhibit paranoid behavior around paleontologists?  Worry about how far genetic research will come?

Thankfully, the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) has put to rest any worries about velociraptors being born in my time.

SDNHM informs us that it is unlikely that dinosaurs can be recreated using blood captured from an insect solidified in amber because DNA deteriorates over time.  And that even if an insect were to be found with perfectly preserved DNA, the blood of the dinosaurs would have to be separated from the dinosaurs, and that this is a very difficult process.

So, rest easy my friends!  And don't be plagued by nightmares of these horrendous beasts.

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