As a paleontologist – that’s a scientist who studies ancient life – I’m asked this question all the time – “Is it Possible to Recreate Dinosaurs from their DNA?”. After all, the scientists in “Jurassic Park” (and later, “Jurassic World”) used DNA to recreate dozens of dinosaurs: Triceratops, Velociraptor, and T. rex.
And if you saw any of those movies, you had to wonder: Could real scientists do that today?
- Every living thing has DNA, but because it’s stored in softer parts like blood and muscle, not much dinosaur DNA can be found in fossils.
- The DNA from dinosaurs is long degraded, so scientists cannot isolate it.
- Even if scientists could get short bits of dinosaur DNA, they would need to combine it with DNA from today to make something living.
“…even using the best technology available today, it’s not possible to make a dinosaur from its DNA.”