U.S. scientists have extracted genetic material from the bones of a 65 million-year-old dinosaur - but they won't be re-creating the mighty beasts as happened in the film "Jurassic Park."
Paleontologist Jack Horner, an adviser on Steven Spielberg's hit film about dinosaurs, managed to isolate fragments of DNA from the femur of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Sunday Times reported.Detailing the findings of the Montana University lecturer, it said Horner's team is to publish evidence that the fragments resemble those of modern-day birds.
This would mean that dinosaurs did not die out 65 million years ago as generally assumed. Some may have survived and evolved into birds.
Horner has been racing against another U.S. team, led by Professor Scott Woodward of Brigham Young University, to be first with the dinosaur DNA details.
Woodward told the Sunday Times: "I think we will find there were almost as many different kinds of dinosaurs on Earth as there are animals today and that some were probably closely related to birds."
But neither Horner nor Woodward forecast that Jurassic Park would come true. DNA fragments can be amplified and copied, but they are only a tiny part of the total genetic make-up needed to re-create dinosaurs.