File this one under "What could possibly go wrong?"
Reports from down under are hinting that billionaire Clive Palmer, the same man behind the planned replica of the ill-fated RMS Titanic, may add a dinosaur attraction to his new gigantic Palmer Resort on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
No really — a real-life dinosaur.
The Sunshine Coast Daily is saying that Palmer, 58, has been in discussions with the people who successfully cloned Dolly the sheep to bring his dinosaur vision to life. Apparently, a source close to man's inner-circle says he's very serious about pursuing the idea.
But wait — is this even possible?
Well, no. So don't go and start customizing a saddle for your very own velociraptor. The simple reason is: DNA just isn't hardy. Even in a cold environment key to preservation, genetic information would last no more than a million years. Ryan Whitwam of Extremetech.com adds that even if Palmer pulled off the impossible, our dino dreams are still just that.
"Assuming that a benevolent billionaire had magical, perfect dinosaur DNA, we don't even have the living cells we'd need to birth a dinosaur," he explains. "Modern cloning techniques involve replacing the nucleus and genetic material in an egg cell with the nucleus of the animal you are trying to clone. The problem being, we don't have a dinosaur to donate that egg. We also lack an intact dino nucleus to take up residence in a cell. You can't grow a dinosaur with just a pile of DNA."
"It's not a question of technology, or of funding," he adds, driving a stake into the hearts of dino geeks everywhere. "We’re never going to return dinosaurs or any other ancient creature to Earth because their genes are long gone."
A press conference to confirm (or more likely deny) rumors regarding Palmer's intentions for the resort is scheduled for tomorrow.