Jurassic Park, here we come!

A fossilized female mosquito that still has traces of her last blood meal!

http://www.nature.com/news/blood-filled-mosquito-is-a-fossil-first-1.13946

Sadly, this mosquito is:

1) 46 million years old, give or take a few millenia…

and

2) fossilized in shale, rather than amber…

DNA is not going to last under those conditions, unfortunately, so we will not be extracting the genetic material of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, but this is still a pretty awesome find. It is amazing the level of detail that has been preserved, and also the fact that evidence of blood is still detectable in the abdomen of the fly. I guess we are no closer to a theme park full of living dinosaurs, but a guy can dream, right?

By the way…favorite scene:

 

Category(s): Dinosaurs, Entomology, Science Stuff

2 Responses to Jurassic Park, here we come!

  1. You had me going there… great job cultivating curiosity Smilie: ;)

    sequencingscott says:

    Haha…thanks. Sorry to disappoint. I should have included a link to this article as well:

    http://www.nature.com/news/dna-has-a-521-year-half-life-1.11555

    Basically, my hopes of cloning a T. rex have been dashed by reality. DNA might be recoverable after a very long time, but not long enough to salvage dinosaur DNA. *sigh* I guess that means we need to get to work on time travel…