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Re: Dinosaur-Turkey DNA
> in this week's Science.
> "Dinos and Turkeys: Connected by DNA?" by Constance Holden."
> "The DNA match with turkeys caused the suspicious researchers to check
> for possible contamination through turkey sandwiches, etc., in the lab and
> the field but found no evidence of this."
Another press report probably paraphrased the research team by calling it
a "near perfect match with a turkey"....hmmmm.
I wonder how close to the surface that Triceratops was when parts of it
were found? The first thing I thought of was possible modern
contamination via bird poo-contaminated surface water. I don't know about
North Dakota, but in eastern Montana there are a LOT of galliformes birds
(turkeys, sharp-tailed grouse, prairy chickens) running around the
countryside and pooping up a storm. And faecal material usually contains
a few shed intestinal cells from its host.
Just a thought. Interesting research though. Would be great if their
dino mtDNA study holds up to further scrutiny.