Possible Dino DNA Found In 75 Million Years Old Fossil

Well, it seems like we’re starting the new decade by inching one step closer into making "Jurassic Park" an actual reality. That is, if everyone is fine with the park itself filled with nothing but duck-billed dinosaurs (they’re still dinosaurs, hey!).

This is because according to a new research, scientists confirmed that they’ve recently uncovered evidence of dinosaur chromosomes, preserved cartilage cells and, you guessed it, DNA in a 75-million-year-old fossil that was apparently once a baby dino. This changes a lot about what we know of dinosaurs and their DNAs because previous studies stated that these DNA can’t survive for more than one million years. As such, the new discovery challenges that very notion, with scientists hoping that it would lead to more dinosaur DNA in the future (maybe we’re getting "Jurassic Park," after all).

“These new exciting results add to growing evidence that cells and some of their biomolecules can persist in deep-time. They suggest DNA can preserve for tens of millions of years,” Dr. Alida Bailleul, a paleontologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and lead author of the findings, said.

According to the report, Bailleul and her team were able to discover the samples from a fossilized skull of a baby hypacrosaurus, which is a type of duck-billed dinosaur that used to roam in the area that is now known as Montana.

“The skull bones of baby dinosaurs are not fused when they hatch,” she added via a North Carolina State University release, which was also part of the study. Per the findings, the skull of the baby dino’s head was made out of cartilage. However, it was composed of plates the same way our skull is.

From there, the team was able to find microscopic structures, which was then analyzed and revealed to be evidence of DNA.

“Although bone cells have previously been isolated from dinosaur bone, this is the first time that cartilage-producing cells have been isolated from a fossil,” Bailleul said.

Per the team, this new discovery should help jump-start a new interest in looking for more dino DNA samples.

Dinosaur Skeleton A Camptosaurus (L) and an Allosaurus skeletons are displayed on November 13, 2018 at the Artcurial auction house in Paris. Volcanoes and an asteroid are most likely the reasons for dinosaur extinction. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images

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