Experts say the discovery of the remains of a tyrannosaurus rex which was pregnant when it died coupled with advances in genome sequencing has put a blockbuster-style regeneration project within grasp.
In the 1993 smash-hit film billionaire businessman John Hammond – played by the late Richard Attenborough – brings the extinct beasts back to life by using blood found in a pre-historic mosquito, with disastrous consequences.
And now astonishingly scientists have said such a scenario is possible, given the extraordinary find of the well-preserved T-Rex mum.
Because the monster was with child when it perished it still had the medullary bone intact, which grows in female dinosaurs during pregnancy and has a lot more DNA than a standard bone.
Lindsay Zanno, assistant research professor of biological sciences at North Carolina State University, said that it “is possible” that the dinosaur and its medullary bone contains the necessary DNA – which is the building blocks for life – to take scientists a step closer to reintroducing dinosaurs to the world.