While it may not be possible to clone dinosaurs that have been dead for millions of years, one Australian billionaire wants to do the next best thing— a Jurassic Park like theme park populated with advanced life sized robotic dinos. Hell, many of the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park movie were animatronic, so it could work, and it would be far safer than the real thing.
Jurassic Park 4 is officially happening, and the directorial choice is an interesting one. Colin Trevorrow, whose only full length film directing credit up to this point was the 2012 film ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’, based on an old internet meme about a time traveler. So… maybe?
Even though Jurassic Park III wasn’t all that bad, it was a long shot from the first movie. Had there been a fourth JP film, it would have been about deadly human/dinosaur hybrid creatures.
While scientists have had some success in getting snippets of DNA from long-frozen woolly mammoths, trying to re-create dinosaurs Jurassic Park style may be impossible. Since DNA is just a nucleic acid, it will degrade over time like any other organic material. For mammoths, the DNA is preserved in ice like the rest of the creature, but once that creature has been dead for tens of millions of years, it turns out that the DNA information may be lost forever. Sorry, no velociraptors for you.
It’s possible that we may have the technology that seemed so certain in Jurassic Park, to be able to reconstruct ancient dinosaur DNA to bring dinosaurs back to life, but no one right now seems eager to try it. Except for Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who wants to build an informal Jurassic Park in his back yard.