Building a dinosaur from a chicken: Jack Horner on TED


(Youtube Direktchickenosaurus, via TED Blog)

„The Velociraptor is cool. The chicken is not. […But] The Chicken is a dinosaur! You can't argue with that because we're the classifiers and we classified it that way.“ Sehr unterhaltsamer TED-Talk voller trockenem Humor von Jack Horner, der versucht, per Bio Engineering „Chickenosaurus“ zu basteln: Hühner mit Zähnen, Schwänzen und Dinosaurier-Krallen.

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He’s found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he’s taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a “Chickenosaurus”.