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RE: "Dinosaurs: Return To Life? "

"I wonder why...?"

Probably because you don't generally take your life in your hands when you
man-handle a chicken, with or without razor-sharp enhancements.  Also
despite ratites being the 'most basal' extant bird clade, the humble chook
(Gallus) is probably much more similar morphologically to their common
ancestor, as well as having a well-known genome, long history of classical
genetic study, short generation time, tolerance of laboratory conditions and
artificial diets, etc.

Dr John D. Scanlon, FCD
Riversleigh Fossil Centre, Outback at Isa

-----Original Message-----
From: Lonnie Allen Matson [mailto:lonniematson@paleobiologist.org] 
Sent: 19 February, 2008 7:31 AM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu; htomsirveaux@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: "Dinosaurs: Return To Life? "

I was very interested to see the tail vertebrae in the chicken. While,
obviously, there is much more to this reverse engineering idea than was
revealed, it was good to see that the material is already there,
genetically, and anatomically. It just needs to be manipulated to appear
once more in a living specimen. Not impossible, but highly in-depth.

I wonder why Emu was chosen as a logical candidate for a Velociraptor like
creature? Personally I would start with a Cassowary. 


Lonnie Matson