Oct 23 2013

Real-life Jurassic Park

Published by at 2:51 am under Fun Science,Random Thoughts

Researchers have found a fossil of a female mosquito embedded in shale sediments in Montana.  The abdomen of the mosquito is bloated with blood that is believed to be almost 46 million years old.  Even though the researchers say the DNA in the blood has long since disintegrated, there are still large traces of iron and porphyrin, both of which make up hemoglobin.

So unfortunately, they can’t extract the DNA and use it to grow dinosaurs.  Bummer.  I wanted to ride a pterodactyl.  But still.  Pretty cool.

Here is the link to the article on nature.com

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

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