But scientists have a big problem when trying to find DNA in dinosaur fossils.
DNA molecules eventually decay. Recent studies show DNA deteriorates and ultimately disintegrates after about 7 million years.
That sounds like a long time, but the last dinosaur died at the end of the Cretaceous Period . That’s more than 65 million years ago.
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Dig up a fossil today, and any dino-DNA within would have long since fallen apart.
That means, as far as scientists know, and even using the best technology available today, it’s not possible to make a dinosaur from its DNA.
Although it’s too late to find dino-DNA, scientists recent...
Dinosaur fossils are all that’s left of those prehistoric animals.
Immersed for tens of millions of years in ancient mud, minerals and water, the fossils come from the dinosaur’s so-called “hard parts” – its bones, teeth and skull.
We find dinosaur fossils in the ground, in riverbed...
Your DNA is different from everyone else’s. It determines many of the characteristics that define you, like the color of your eyes or whether your hair is straight or curly.
DNA is much easier to find in the “soft parts” of an animal – their organs, blood vessels, nerves, muscle and fat.
Just for fun, let’s imagine that somehow, sometime in the future, researchers came up with fragments of dinosaur DNA.
With only fragments, scientists still could not make a complete dinosaur.
Instead, they would have to combine the fragments with the DNA of a modern-day animal to cr...
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