velociraptor-jurassic-world-2.pngWe have creatures on the planet that are the direct descendants of dinosaurs: birds. And if you ask a paleontologist, birds are dinosaurs, specifically avian dinosaurs. They might not look like dinosaurs, but birds have feathers, just like dinosaurs, including the ferocious velociraptor. Over time, their descendants’ snouts turned into beaks, they stopped growing tails, and wings further evolved into modern bird wings. But birds didn’t necessarily lose the genes that code for tails or arms or snouts — instead, those same traits most likely exist in their genetic code, inactive, while the newer genes for wings, tail feathers, and beaks are expressed. Horner thinks that we can suppress these new genes and express the atavistic, throwback dinosaurian genes instead. Read Article