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'Dinochicken' scheme puts evolution in reverse
By Jennifer Viegas
updated 6:46 p.m. ET, Thurs., March. 5, 2009
Researchers starting with a chicken embryo and working backward
This artist's illustration shows what the skeleton of a so-called
"dinochicken" might look like. By working to reverse engineer a chicken
embryo to have some of the traits of its dinosaur ancestors, paleontologists
are hoping to create a part-chicken, part-dinosaur creature in the lab.
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Jack Horner and Dutton
Some of the world's leading paleontologists are attempting to recreate a
dinosaur- or something a lot like a dinosaur - by starting with a chicken
embryo and working backward to engineer a "chickenosaurus" or ...