JURASSIC Park could become reality after experts unearthed a fossil that may contain dinosaur DNA.
Scientists believe it may have the first prehistoric genetic code yet discovered.
The birth of a monster in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park[/caption]
If experts can extract the information, it raises the prospect of cloning a dinosaur — just like in the 1993 movie.
The fossil, a piece of cartilage from the thigh of a peacock-sized caudipteryx, was perfectly preserved in volcanic ash.
The beast roamed the Earth 125 million years ago and resembled the film’s fearsome velociraptors.
It was discovered in northern China by a team from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was in “exquisite” condition.
The cells were mineralized by a process called silicification and experts have concluded some were healthy and others diseased at death, a study said.
It adds that the fossilised cells cannot be considered “rock” because they contain remnants of organic molecules.
Professor Alida Bailleul said: “We are obviously interested in fossilised cell nuclei because this is where most of the DNA will be, if DNA was preserved.
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“We have good and exciting preliminary data. We need to figure out exactly what those organic molecules are, but I hope we can reconstruct a DNA sequence.
“I could be wrong, but I could also be right.”