Eat it, Crichton

pieeyedemuPaleontologist Jack Horner has a better way to resurrect dinosaurs than all that tedious mucking about with mosquitoes and blood and amber. Far easier to start with a bird and work backwards. Avian DNA already contains instructions to make tailbones, teeth, scales, and claws. In “Dinosaurs: Return to Life?”, a Discovery Channel documentary, Horner says he would start with an emu, which looks halfway like a velociraptor anyway. A chicken would do in a pinch. (Unfortunately, the show does not seem to be scheduled for rerun anytime soon.)

Has Michael Swanwick written this story yet?

[Image by Ryan Ladbrook]

5 thoughts on “Eat it, Crichton”

  1. Hi. I ran across this during a Web search, and can answer your question. No, I haven’t written this story. I plotted it a novel using this wheeze about a year and a half ago, but I haven’t had the time to get to it yet. We’ll see if I ever do.

  2. Thanks for dropping by, Michael. The idea just seemed so … you.
    My son is mad about dinosaurs, so it may be the germ of that children’s book I’ve been threatening to write.

  3. (Gee, I hope Michael Crichton doesn’t take the headline too personally…)

  4. Actually, I’m fairly sure I read this story a couple of years ago in Asimov’s. I cannot remember the author, or any details of the story, but I recognize the basic idea (and I think I read the story on a bus, but that doesn’t exactly help me identify it…).

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