Category Archives: Dinosaurs

Nature is teasing us…

So today I learned just how much of a tease Nature can be. Somehow I missed the fact that back in 2000 a paleontologist named Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State University in Raleigh discovered soft tissue in the fossilized … Continue reading

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No Jurassic Park…

  A brief follow-up to my Jurassic Park post. Sadly, science seems to indicate that we are unlikely to ever clone dinosaurs from blood trapped in the guts of ancient mosquitoes that were trapped in amber. First up, a study … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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