Previously, scientists believed that in the best-case scenario, DNA could be stored for a million years, but the age of recently found dinosaur remains are seventy-five times older.
A group of scientists who studied the remains of the dinosaur which was seventy- five million years old found evidence of the presence of cartilage cells, proteins, chromosomes, and even DNA. Leading researchers to the conclusion that our previous ideas about DNA were far from the truth.
The work was carried out by scientists from the Academy of Sciences of the People's Republic of China and employees of the University of North Carolina. The object of research, the skull of a baby of a hypacrosaurus, a genus of duckbill herbivorous dinosaurs.
Inside the skull, the team found that the remaining cartilage cells were well-preserved, one of which even had chromosomes. After this discovery, scientists began a thorough analysis of other skulls found along with their first discovery. An immunological test showed that the fragments preserved the proteins of an ancient animal. Even pieces of a DNA strand were detected.
The research results could be called game changing, but many scientists are sceptical about the discovery, claiming the test results were misinterpreted. Whatever position is closer to the truth will be revealed in time. But even if no mistakes were made, being able to revive the dinosaurs, scientists would never succeed. 'Jurassic Park' will remain only fiction in our lives.
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