Thursday, April 12, 2007

T-rex Protein

According to this news story, scientists have been able to extract soft tissue from a fossilised T-Rex bone.

Apparently these are by far the oldest such molecules ever extracted from a fossil.

Analysis of the protein has, we're told, shown marked similarities with protein from your modern day poultry.

The suggestion is that the scientists are excited about this as it further supports evolutionary theories linking birds and dinosaurs.

Personally however I suspect it's just a set-up, so that when they come to clone a T-Rex and then inevitably someone suggests that there looks like there might be 'good eating' on a beast that size, at the resulting barbecue, some wag will be able to say "hmmm tastes a bit like chicken".

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