An international team of researchers has uncovered what appears to be fragments of 75 million-year-old DNA from a dinosaur hatchling, bringing the concept behind Jurassic Park one step closer to reality. Previously, it was broadly accepted that the maximum amount of time that DNA could survive in a fossil was
It is commonly accepted that the dinosaurs were driven to extinction by the drastic change in Earth’s climate brought about by the impact of a massive asteroid that occurred 66 million years ago. There is, however, evidence that the planet’s environment was already being upended by massive volcanic activity on
In recent years, paleontologists have been breaking new ground in what would have been previously considered an impossible source of information in their field: that of soft tissue, recovered from otherwise ancient dinosaur fossils. As this new field of study expands, researchers have announced the discovery of intact blood vessels in a dinosaur fossil, and at 80 million years old, it is the oldest find of it’s kind.