Recent reports indicate that researchers found a fossilized egg containing a 70-million-year-old baby dinosaur, then for whatever reason was stored and subsequently lost in a museum in China for an estimated ten years.
It was uncertain what the fossilized egg might contain until a group of researchers recently opened it up. They were shocked by what they found inside—the perfectly suspended in time skeleton in its embryonic phase of an oviraptorid dinosaur.
The researchers decided to name the find “Baby Yingliang.” This significant find will shed light on the links between birds and dinosaurs.
Co-author and researcher involved in the discovery, Zelenitsky, says: “I have been working on dinosaur eggs for 25 years and have yet to see anything like it.”
Until this point, researchers were never sure what went on within the dinosaur egg before it hatched, primarily because there are so few skeletons discovered in the embryonic stage.
The ethical question now is: are there cloneable DNA molecules present within the preserved embryo? Will scientists be able to make fantasy fact and resurrect dinosaurs, such as shown in the film franchise Jurassic Park?
Scientists resurrected dinosaurs through the use of DNA that had been extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes in the 1993 film Jurassic Park. In the actual world, dinosaur DNA had always remained elusive—until now, it may seem.
According to claims made in the September 24, 2021 publication of Communications Biology, a team has already successfully extracted dinosaur DNA molecules from a fossil over 125-million-years-old.
Then, on October 28, 2021, the publication Gizmodo reported that the oldest sequenced DNA comes from a woolly mammoth believed to be a million years old.
With an ongoing debate in the scientific field of whether or not we should be cloning humans, do we want to head down the slippery slope of possibly creating a real-life Jurassic Park?