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(io9)   Scientists at University of Manchester failed to pull DNA samples from insects trapped in 10,600 year-old amber. John Hammond shakes head in disapproval   (io9.com) divider line 27
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2013-09-14 04:15:53 PM
Life will not find a way?
 
2013-09-14 04:40:29 PM
One of the errors in the Jurassic books was that the DNA was in the little tiny mosquitoes.  Take a look at the size of the dragonflies of the time (1m wingspan) to get a better scale as mosquitoes are a dragonflies main prey.  You would need chunks of amber the size of a football to cover a mosquito of that time.
 
2013-09-14 05:00:51 PM

2wolves: One of the errors in the Jurassic books was that the DNA was in the little tiny mosquitoes.  Take a look at the size of the dragonflies of the time (1m wingspan) to get a better scale as mosquitoes are a dragonflies main prey.  You would need chunks of amber the size of a football to cover a mosquito of that time.


D e s c r i p t i o n :Adult male with body and both wings present. Size minute, length from clypeus to tip of ab-domen approximately 3.0 mm.

From this little PDF dealy describing a 79 million year-old mosquito trapped in amber.
 
2013-09-14 05:03:12 PM
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"Noooooooooooooo!"
 
2013-09-14 05:26:30 PM
I don't cry about goofy computer hacker or sketchy camera hi jinks in those police procedural and they aren't even supposed to be science fiction.
 
2013-09-14 05:29:45 PM
"Fossil mosquitoes were even 5 cm (2 inch) long."

http://news.softpedia.com/news/30-Things-You-Did-Not-Know-About-Mosq ui toes-62240.shtml

Also, the mosquitoes used in the Jurassic Park movies were/are (?) the type that did not drink blood.
 
2013-09-14 05:30:07 PM

Mugato: I don't cry about goofy computer hacker or sketchy camera hi jinks in those police procedural and they aren't even supposed to be science fiction.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-09-14 05:54:19 PM
"Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".
 
2013-09-14 05:54:54 PM

Apos: [www.tinygif.com image 500x275]


"Noooooooooooooo!"


That gets very disturbing when you check where his hand is probably resting.
 
2013-09-14 06:16:24 PM
Is it even possible (now or in the future) to recreate an animal from dna? Could we bring back the Dodo?
 
2013-09-14 06:24:50 PM

Flappyhead: Apos: [www.tinygif.com image 500x275]


"Noooooooooooooo!"

That gets very disturbing when you check where his hand is probably resting.


Maybe she's having a REALLY good time.
 
2013-09-14 06:40:01 PM

Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".


Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.
 
2013-09-14 06:59:34 PM

wildcardjack: Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".

Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.


Pardon? Did I miss the joke?
 
2013-09-14 07:10:14 PM

talkertopc: Is it even possible (now or in the future) to recreate an animal from dna? Could we bring back the Dodo?


Maybe the dodo, but DNA has a half-life. I think any DNA from around 200,000[?] years ago or before would be unrecognizable.

/maybe 20,000, can't remember
 
2013-09-14 07:12:08 PM
What's next? Flux capacitors cant send a DeLorean back to 1955? Crossing the streams wouldn't explode a giant Stay Puft man?
 
2013-09-14 07:27:32 PM

ReapTheChaos: What's next? Flux capacitors cant send a DeLorean back to 1955? Crossing the streams wouldn't explode a giant Stay Puft man?


now that's just silly. if you go back in time, i hear the best thing to do is kill hitler.
 
2013-09-14 07:32:44 PM

pyrotek85: wildcardjack: Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".

Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.

Pardon? Did I miss the joke?


Shh... be cool. There might be a fortune in selling "mammoth eggs" to all those hipster foodies.
 
2013-09-14 07:46:55 PM
Clearly they spared some expense.
 
2013-09-14 08:04:11 PM

WordyGrrl: pyrotek85: wildcardjack: Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".

Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.

Pardon? Did I miss the joke?

Shh... be cool. There might be a fortune in selling "mammoth eggs" to all those hipster foodies.


Woolly mammoth eggs

www.colourbox.com
 
2013-09-14 08:07:39 PM

WordyGrrl: pyrotek85: wildcardjack: Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".

Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.

Pardon? Did I miss the joke?

Shh... be cool. There might be a fortune in selling "mammoth eggs" to all those hipster foodies.


Technically even mammals grow from eggs. I don't know if wooly mammoth roe would be good but Im sure dipshiat in black rimmed glasses and skinny jeans is willing to pay a lot of money to be able to blog about it.
 
2013-09-14 08:40:50 PM

max_pooper: WordyGrrl: pyrotek85: wildcardjack: Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".

Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.

Pardon? Did I miss the joke?

Shh... be cool. There might be a fortune in selling "mammoth eggs" to all those hipster foodies.

Technically even mammals grow from eggs. I don't know if wooly mammoth roe would be good but Im sure dipshiat in black rimmed glasses and skinny jeans is willing to pay a lot of money to be able to blog about it.



I have never heard of anyone eating mammal ovaries, but I have heard of people eating frozen mammoth meat. I don't know if it's true or apocryphal though.
 
2013-09-14 09:21:17 PM

max_pooper: WordyGrrl: pyrotek85: wildcardjack: Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".

Yummy farm fresh mammoth eggs. Mammoth wool jackets. Mammoth pelt blankets. There's a lot of money to be made breeding and harvesting mammoths. It's just the sort of thing for Kickstarter.

Pardon? Did I miss the joke?

Shh... be cool. There might be a fortune in selling "mammoth eggs" to all those hipster foodies.

Technically even mammals grow from eggs. I don't know if wooly mammoth roe would be good but Im sure dipshiat in black rimmed glasses and skinny jeans is willing to pay a lot of money to be able to blog about it.


Sounds good. Maybe we can find a "broker" who'll sell "mammoth futures" on our behalf, for the, uh, non-profit preservation society in which we are highly-paid executives.
 
2013-09-14 10:03:18 PM
Could not be reached for comment:

www.myjurassicpark.com
 
2013-09-14 10:58:44 PM

Myria: Could not be reached for comment:


Ha ha
I leave satisfied ....
 
2013-09-15 07:10:22 AM

Skyrmion: "Dinosaur" may be out, but I'm still holding onto hope for "mammoth".




"In the new study, David Penney and colleagues tried to extract DNA from insects in subfossilized copal, the hardened resin from trees that's a precursor to amber. But they couldn't do it; they weren't able to detect an ancient DNA in samples ranging in age from 60 to 10,10,600 years old. "


"In the new study, David Penney and colleagues tried to extract DNA from insects in subfossilized copal, the hardened resin from trees that's a precursor to amber. But they couldn't do it; they weren't able to detect an ancient DNA in samples ranging in age from 60 to 10,10,600 years old. "

Not amber so therefore.

i.ytimg.com
 
2013-09-15 08:47:37 AM

Apos: "Noooooooooooooo!"


If you flick a chick's bean this hard, this is exactly what her facial expression will be.
 
2013-09-15 09:57:02 AM
max_pooper: ...I don't know if wooly mammoth roe would be good...

Why wouldn't you support a wolly mammoth's right to choose?
 
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