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June 18, 2018

Jurassic Park "science" consultant says we could be reviving dinosaurs for real in five years

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been doing a bang-up job on the viral marketing front. First, Chris Pratt went and got single, then Jeff Goldblum announced a sultry lounge jazz odyssey, and now Dr. Jack Horner, the celebrated paleontologist who has served as the scientific consultant on all four Jurassic Park films, has claimed that human beings could be reviving actual dinosaurs in as little as five years if the species is indeed dumb enough (which we almost certainly are).

Horner, who was also the basis for Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III's Dr. Alan Grant, says that while it's not as simple as extracting that ol' dino DNA from mosquitos, his new hypothesis isn't exactly complicated: Reverse engineer birds—the modern descendant of dinosaurs, of course—to redevelop their original physiology, including snouts for eating, long legs for hunting, and claws that'll open up your abdomen like it's a Jell-O mold. If that's not terrifying enough for you, don't worry, it gets worse.

Apparently, the mad experiments have already begun deep within the bowels of some Harvard/Yale co-op lab where Newman is probably the IT guy or something. Horner alleges that his "proof of concept" team have already proved their concept, transforming the beak of a bird back to a dinosaur-like snout while you were too worried about Phil Mickelson hitting a damn golf ball to notice the ancient army of carnivores being bred beneath your feet.

On the bright side, Horner looks like this, so there's a strong-to-very-strong chance he is totally full of shit:

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" - Arrivals

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" - Arrivals

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Paleontologist Jack Horner attends the Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World" premiere at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Photo by: Frazer Harrison

Frazer Harrison

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' is in theaters everywhere Friday, 6/22.