If you're into Dinosaurs like I am, then chances are you've probably already heard this story already. A few years ago, a scientist was working on the leg bone of a 66 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex thigh bone, when they discovered and isolated some fragments of DNA building-blocks that was still preserved deep in the fossil bone.
They ran a DNA marker test and compared it with several living modern day animals ranging from birds to reptiles to amphibians. And the results were astounding! They not only positively identified that birds shared the closest ancestry match, but they were also able to pin-point a specific type of descendant bird-and it was the humble Chicken!
Now how a 12 meter long by 7 meter high carnivorous Dinosaur got down to the size of the Chicken I have no idea-but it's good food for thought.
And speaking of thoughts-feel free to share yours about this intriguing topic