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EVOLUTION EXPERIMENT

When it comes to experimenting with dinosaurs, we often think about putting them in theme parks or zoos. However, what if they were brought back as part of an experiment on evolution? In the real-life retro-engineering experiment, that is scientists’ goal by turning birds into dinosaurs. They are trying to fully understand their genetic evolution. I am thinking of incorporating this goal in my new dinosaur story in that the main characters would be trying to understand evolution in an attempt to reverse extinction. Unfortunately, an animal’s genes may have been suppressed for a reason just as dinosaurs became extinct for a reason. When you tinker with an animal’s genetic evolution, the consequences could be unpredictable. Because you are not bringing a true dinosaur from extinction. Instead, you are creating a completely new animal with behavioral patterns that are not known to science. That will be one of the themes of the story.

PREHISTORIC FISH

I just remembered that there are some animals that have remained unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. Among these living fossils were various species of fish. Easily the most famous example of these fish would be the coelacanth, which is a living fossil that was thought to be extinct until it was found alive and well off the coast of South Africa a century ago. Another example of prehistoric fish would be the alligator gar, which can be found in the rivers of Texas and certain areas in the southern United States. A third example would be the arapaima, which can be found in South America and are known to crush their prey to death with tongues made of solid bone. A fourth example of these aquatic living fossils would be the sturgeon, which is a remnant of when a time when fish lacked lower jaws. The things that all these fish have in common is that they remained unchanged for over 65 million years and are coated in a layer of bony armor. The bony armor is a remnant of when fish ruled the Earth when terrestrial life just started crawling onto dry land. Even though these fish did not have to evolve in millions of years, I wonder if some of their older genes from before the dinosaurs is still in them waiting to wake up. I will tinker with this idea in my new dinosaur book. Imagine an aquarium full of these fish with their ancient genes activated.

MY DINOSAUR OBSESSION

Like every kid, I used to have a deeply obsessive fascination with dinosaurs and all prehistoric lifeforms. Before I decided to be an author, my original ambition was to become a paleontologist. I would not just watch dinosaur movies like Jurassic Park and The Land Before Time, but I also binge-watched documentaries such as Walking With Dinosaurs. Everyone I met considered me a living encyclopedia on prehistory. Whenever someone had a question about dinosaurs, I was the guy to ask. However, as I grew older, my interest in dinosaurs started to fade from time to time, but all the knowledge I had accumulated never went away thanks to my sharp autistic memory. Unfortunately, because I abandoned my dinosaur obsession, the knowledge I gained is largely outdated. Even so, the dinosaur fanatic in me never went away. He was just sleeping, waiting to wield the knowledge he hoarded. This is why my new dinosaur book is so important to me on a personal level. I had learned so much about dinosaurs and prehistory from an early age, but I never found a use for that information since I decided not to be a paleontologist. Even if some of the information I learned is outdated, I can still use it as bountiful inspiration for my dinosaur book. It will be a project that will let me reconnect with my inner child. I even came up with names for any new dinosaurs I would have discovered if I became a paleontologist, which I will incorporate into my book.

NEW DINOSAUR NAMES

Dinosaurs always had such powerful and iconic names that were made from different languages. One of the most commonly used languages when naming dinosaurs is Latin. For example, Tyrannosaurus Rex is Latin for “tyrant lizard king” while Velociraptor is Latin for “swift thief”. For my new dinosaur story, I followed this tradition and came up with names for my fictional creatures based on the Latin language. In total, thirteen different species will be featured in the story. Unlike the dinosaurs of the past, these animals will be 100% man-bred like a bulldog.

DINOSAUR BOOK: CHAPTERS 1 AND 2

I have started my new dinosaur book and I am on a roll. I featured my main character and the first retro-engineered dinosaur of the story. I have depicted the public’s reaction to the experiment as well as the main character’s plans for the future of the project. Now, I get to depict the research facility were the experiment truly begins. The second chapter will involve a time-skip and demonstrate how the experiment progressed during that time. There will also be a full introduction to the dinosaurs and megafauna that were created so far. There will be no T. Rexes, Velociraptors, or any real-life prehistoric creature from the fossil record. All of these creatures will be of my own design based on what I think will result from the real-life version of the retro-engineering experiment.

NEW ANTAGONISTS

In my new dinosaur book, I realized something. Even though being able to reverse the extinction of a species would be phenomenal, there will always be those who would oppose the very idea of it. Due to this, as my protagonist’s experiments grow and advance, certain parties will stop at nothing to destroy his research. These groups may be animal rights groups who don’t like the idea of altering an animal’s biology or religious extremists who hate science and the concept of evolution. Essentially, these groups will play a major role when things start going wrong.

A MISSING LINK

One of the concepts I found intriguing about dinosaurs is that even though birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs, not all dinosaurs were related to birds. At some point in their evolution, dinosaurs diverged in two different directions: some dinosaurs that had ties to birds and some that had ties to reptiles. In my new dinosaur book, one of the retro-engineering experiments will revolve around trying to discover the missing link dinosaurs had between birds and reptiles. Now that I think about it, when the gap between these two evolutionary paths is bridged, the results might be very unpredictable.