I have decided to include a prologue to my new dinosaur book. This prologue will foreshadow what is to come with a creature encounter from a civilian. What this mysterious creature is will remain a mystery, but it will have an ominous presence when the civilian in question encounters it. I will not say if the civilian survives this encounter, but I will tell you that it will shake them to their core. Imagine something large and hungry stalking you from the shadows. You will feel as though a sword is at your throat at all times as you try to escape a hungry unknown predator.
For decades, it was thought that Tyrannosaurus Rex was the largest carnivorous dinosaur. However, twenty years ago, it was discovered that an even larger predator existed: Giganotosaurus, which means “giant southern lizard”. This beast was five to ten feet longer than Tyrannosaurus and one or two tons heavier. This behemoth made Tyrannosaurus look like a schoolyard bully by comparison. Giganotosaurus was known to hunt giant sauropod dinosaurs such as Argentinosaurus, one of the largest and heaviest land animals that ever existed. However, one Giganotosaurus could not take down an Argentinosaurus on its own so it had to hunt in packs. Giganotosaurus will be one of the genetic templates for the apex predator in my dinosaur book. The apex predator will not be as big as a pureblooded Giganotosaurus, but it will be every bit as bloodthirsty and aggressive.
I have reached the third chapter of my new dinosaur book. It took me a while to introduce the various animals that were genetically reverse engineered. Now that I have introduced the setting and the creatures involved in the experiment, I am going to introduce more human characters as well as a better look at the laboratory that is overseeing the experiment. One character will be pompous and another will be a hard as nails ex-military hunter. It is going to be an intriguing chapter full of fiery character chemistry. There will even be a rivalry between two of the characters.
While my new dinosaur book will have genetic reverse engineering like the real-life experiment, there will also be more esoteric forms of science in the story as well. Among these scientific advancements will be terraforming. With terraforming, you can turn an area that is normally completely lifeless into a lush oasis. I am sure some scientists would be interested in using terraforming technology to try and recreate a prehistoric ecosystem. It would certainly answer centuries of questions. Terraforming will play a significant role in the evolution experiment in my new dinosaur book as the scientists try to simulate a primeval world.
Because of the constantly changing nature of our planet, the atmosphere was never the same composition all the time. Before there was terrestrial plant life, the Earth had an atmosphere with a lot more carbon dioxide, which made it impossible for modern terrestrial life forms to breathe. On the other hand, the atmosphere of the Carboniferous Period had twice as much oxygen as today. Because of the high oxygen levels, insects and vegetation were allowed to grow to massive size. Unfortunately, the high oxygen levels increased the chances of forest fires, which is why so many scorched fossils were found from that era. In addition to giant insects and colossal plants, the Carboniferous Period was ruled by amphibians the size of crocodiles and saw the evolution of the earliest reptiles.
One of the earliest known stories where humans and dinosaurs lived together was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. In that story, dinosaurs survived extinction due to living on a plateau that was cut off from the rest of the world. This lost world was created through natural means, but what if such a prehistoric oasis was created through manmade methods? I will be describing the steps that were taken to create this artificial lost world in my new dinosaur story.
Invasive species have always been a problem for ecosystems around the world, but none were more dangerous than feral livestock. Feral livestock are farm animals that escaped and became feral after spending prolonged periods of time in the wild. In Hawaii, there are feral cows that outnumber the domesticated cows and have a reputation for destroying crops on farms. In places like Australia, there are feral goats and pigs that have multiplied uncontrollably before picking the soil clean of seeds and tubers, destroying any chance for plants to grow in the process. Invasive species such as feral livestock have caused the extinction of hundreds of flora and fauna and efforts were made to hunt them down and reduce their populations. For my new dinosaur book, I am thinking of portraying efforts to relocate many of these feral farm animals to the facility that is reverse engineering dinosaurs. The livestock act as live prey to the local predators. So, the environments in the outside world get a reprieve, the human workers at the lab are not eaten, and the engineered predators get well fed on beef, pork, and mutton. A triple win!
Another animal that has prominent dinosaur ties would be the iguana. I found this video about the spiny tailed iguana, which looked really prehistoric in appearance. Due to the fact that some dinosaurs were related to reptiles instead of birds, I can imagine this lizard have several ancient genes and instincts waiting to be unlocked by science. I am already picturing what their reverse engineered forms would look like in my dinosaur book.
In addition to chickens, another bird that is a potential candidate to be reverse engineered into a dinosaur would be the emu. I found this video that truly highlights the dinosaur in them, waiting to wake up. Even though emus are still birds, there is still a considerable amount of dinosaur in them. I wonder how much of their prehistoric instincts would be awakened when their genes are reverse engineered. I will tinker with this concept further in my new dinosaur book.
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.