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    A Chicken With A Snout?

    NewsPoultry NewsThursday 18 August 2011
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    In a strange and possibly disturbing twist of modern science, scientists have changed 65 million years of evolutionary history by altering the DNA of chickens to give them alligator-style snouts rather than the beaks we are all used to seeing them with. Ethical regulations prevent the eggs from being hatched but Arhat Abzhanov, an evolutionary biologist based at Harvard University in America, said he hopes to one day to complete his work by turning chickens into “Maniraptora”, small dinosaurs believed to have spawned 10,000 species of birds. Chickens used to possess snouts 65 million years ago and the research technically reverses all those years of evolution. Jack Horner, a leading paleontologist based at the University of Montana, is conducting a similar project aimed at developing a "chickenosaurus" with a tail and hands similar to those of a dinosaur.

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