As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Dinosaurs could be brought back by 'de-evolving' living birds

A British biochemist suggests that the genetic qualities of today’s birds may be the key to bringing back the gigantic “terrible lizards” that ruled the planet during the Mesozoic era.

Dr Alison Woollard believes that it may be possible to reconstruct dinosaur genomes by altering the DNA of modern birds.

Reconstruction through deconstruction
“We know that birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs, as proven by an unbroken line of fossils which tracks the evolution of the lineage from creatures such as the velociraptor or T-Rex through to the birds flying around today,” says Dr Woollard, who hails from the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University.

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