Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
mckitterick

Scientists discover T-Rex's living cousin

This is so cool:
THE GUARDIAN, LONDON
Scientists have uncovered the closest living relative of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex. For the first time, researchers have managed to sequence proteins from the long-extinct creature, leading them to the discovery that many of the molecules show a remarkable similarity to... [you'll have to go read the article to get the full story].

The research provides the first molecular evidence for the notion that birds are the modern-day descendants of dinosaurs, as well as overturning the long-held paleontological assumption that delicate organic molecules such as DNA and proteins are completely destroyed during the process of fossilization.

It also hints at the prospect that scientists may one day emulate Jurassic Park by cloning a dinosaur....
Go read the rest of the article!

Best,
Chris
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