Dr. Jack Horner, the very Paleontologist who inspired the first Jurassic Park, is working on making the cinematic classic a reality, claiming he could engineer dinosaurs into existence in the next 5-10 years. Dr. Horner believed that the regeneration of these creatures is contingent upon the cultivation of their ancient DNA, however, most of this DNA has been decomposed. Instead, Harvard and Yale have turned to a close relative of these creatures (you guessed it), the chicken. Instead of making dinosaurs from the genetic scraps found in the deserts, why not just mutate a chicken to look like one? This reverse evolution technique has also been attempted on elephants to become woolly mammoths. The four physiological differences between the chicken and grandpa T-Rex are the hands, mouth, arms, and tails. Horner has already discovered the “genetic switches” to reverse a chicken beak into a dinosaur-like snout. Dr. Horner himself discussing this project can be seen in this video.
If you are familiar with the Jurassic Park saga, you know how this story ends because it ended the same way four different times within 20 years. I understand the scientific value of being able to create some of the ancient species the human race has never been able to know, with rocks and bones being our only connection. It will help resolve some residual mystery and evolutionary void. However, let’s stop and think about this. If this is going to become a reality, some preparation is in order. Unless there is an undeveloped Isla Nublar somewhere in the ocean, there is no possible way any society can house and care for these creatures. Not to mention that the oxygen levels are significantly lower now than when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Consequently, upon there creation, they will either immediately suffocate and die or we will have several tiny, but highly dangerous dinosaurs. Ultimately, I hope for the sake of societal infrastructure that this does not come to fruition.