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RE: dinosaur cloning
> > What other means could one get dinosaur DNA? Is there any?
> the only way I can think of would be to take living bird DNA &
> retro-engineer it (this would of course require an Avian Genome Project
> first!) & see what you come up with. Keep going thru trial and error
> until u get to archaeopteryx and maniraptorian coelosaurs (or something
> like 'em!). Go back even further, then forward for other theropods.
> Or, go back further to proto-dinosaurs (Eoraptor etc), then go forward,
> see if u can get sauropodomorphs & ornithischia.
> Hell, why stop there? Why not go back to the dawn of life & reconstruct
> EVERYTHING!!! lol!
> NOTE: You will need INCREDIBLE number crunching capabilities for all the
> gene sequencing. The sort of horsepower that'd make the biggest
> Cray.seem like an abacus in comparison. No worries though. I
> confidently predict that with bio-computers (which use DNA as a
> structural material!, quantum computers (quibits & quantum
> indeterminacy), and nano-computers (nanotechnological rod-computing) all
> coming in over the next few decades we'll be able to reconstuct
> dinosaurs (or something very like them) some time in the first half of
> the 21st century.
> > Thanx
> > Chandler Gibbons
> > Denver, Colorado, USA
Hungarian scientists did this in a minor way decades ago, without
computers. They used
selective breeding to retrograde to a primitive bovine type from
modern cattle. They simply
bred for the more basal characteristics in each generation. It took
10 years or so to come
up with a basal bovine. Maybe not THE basal bovine, but much more
In 3rd world countries, feral dogs routinely breed back to a basal
form. There was an excellent
show on The Animal Channel on this subject. And these feral dogs
start out as everything
from little pugs to German Shepherds. The basal form has short,
rough fur, long snout, long,
straight ears & is brown to black (usually spotted). The retrobred
(naturally) canines always
weigh 40-60 pounds.
Dinosaurs would be a bigger task. But one would start for
crocodiles or birds. Haven't crocodile scuts (sp?) been genetically
altered to produce feather buds?