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Jurassic Park Could Never Happen. Like, Never. Not Ever.

Pretty much every single person who read or saw Jurassic Park has spent a minute or a month’s worth of hours wondering if (hoping that?) there was any way the blood-in-the-bug-in-the-amber trick could be done in reality, or might inspire a similar real-world scenario.

NEIN. Your favorite existence-defining discipline, science, has just crushed your secret dream. According to Nature (the magazine about nature!), DNA itself has a half-life of only 521 years, and even under the most ideal of conditions for preservation, no viable bits of the building blocks of life could survive longer than about 6.8 million years. That’s a decimal point placement and an order of magnitude short of the age of dinosaurs, roughly 65 million years ago.

So. Precursor to the shrew? Absolutely. Raptors? Sorry, no.

(via Gizmodo)


This Week in Cryptozoological Windmill Tiltage


A group of believers is outfitting an expedition to explore the Congo River Basin in search of what it hopes is a “living dinosaur,” but will probably turn out to be fourteen pygmies and a marketing guy. South Florida’s WPTV has the story.

Long odds aside, this is one of those theories that I could grudgingly get behind–“wildly improbable,” after all, is not the same thing as “impossible.” Dinosaurs in the Congo? Sure, why not? I won’t consider the case closed for another 20 years, at which time I’ll be able to cross the river in question over a paved footbridge while traveling from a Baby Gap to a Chinese apothecary.