Mama Diaries

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to Repopulate the World with Dinosaurs

I know you're all sitting on the edge of your chairs for this one.  Try not to fall off when I tell you how to have your very own pet dinosaur.

On the walk back from the school bus yesterday, I had a very enlightening conversation with my ten-year-old son.  He and his buddy wish to repopulate the world with dinosaurs.

"Mama, I know how to create dinosaurs using chicken eggs and DNA."

I looked at that kid.  "Really?  How?"

"First you get some dinosaur DNA."

I wrinkled my brows.  "How exactly are you going to get dinosaur DNA?  Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years."

"It's easy, Mama.  You find a dinosaur tooth or a dinosaur egg, and you extract it."

Okay. Never mind that those things are fossilized rocks now.

"Then what do you do?" I asked.

"Then you extract the chicken DNA from the egg and replace it with the dinosaur's"

"Sounds so simple," I said.  "And you can do that without breaking the egg?"

"Yes, Mama.  Scientist do it all the time."

"Extract chicken DNA and replace it with dinosaur DNA?"

"No.  They extract and insert chicken DNA to modify chickens."

Oh.

So ladies and gentlemen, if you look out the window and see a triceratops pruning the trees in your backyard, you know who to thank.

37 comments:

  1. Sounds like he his having a good time learning in school. ;-)

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    1. I don't know what he's learning, but he certainly has a great imagination!

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  2. I love his imagination and positive thinking. :)

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    1. He has no shortage of either of those!

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  3. He's been watching Jurassic Park, hasn't he?

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    1. Yes, he has. How in the world did you guess? ;0)

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  4. I believed him!.:) and its not wishful thinking.. those things were HUGE

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    1. Wouldn't it be crazy if a science fiction idea like that became a reality?

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  5. Imagination, creativity...he is a genius !
    Waiting to hear about the things that he is going to come up with once he watches the whole Jurassic park series !
    Sherry, nice post :)

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  6. Well the dino population would rise the human population would surely fall haha

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    1. Yes. Hopefully humans would figure out how to coexist with the beasts, or else go repopulate another world!

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    1. Sure. What kind would you like? (Please, no meat eaters!)

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  8. Juaristic Park? He knows how that ends right? Well I guess it would be fine if only the herbivores were made.

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    1. Right. We'd be fine as long as the herbivores don't trample us and everything we've made.

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  9. He's pretty darn smart! Maybe he should watch Jurassic Park to see how that whole story ends... He might have second thoughts!

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  10. I don't think I want a dinosaur. The dogs and Willy Dunne Wooters are more than I can handle.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Haha! I couldn't imagine having a pet dinosaur on top of all the zoo creatures I already manage!

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  11. We live on theJurassic Coast here where there are many fossiles.
    Your son going to be a scientist when he leaves college?
    I wouldn't like to find a dinosaur in my garden in stead of my friendly squirrels though.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I'm not sure what my boy is going to do. He had talked about being a meteorologist and an archaeologist for a while. Now he wants to be a pilot in the military.

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  12. All I can say is I don't wanta pooper scoop after one of those critters!

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    1. Ewww! That would be seriously disgusting. I don't think they make bags big enough to handle that load!

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  13. I am not sure I'd want to be around in a world filled with dinosaurs- but I can see the appeal to a ten year old. :) He sounds like he has a great imagination!

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  14. LOL, gotta love how imaginative he is!

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  15. Ok, just excuse me while I take a peek outside ... phew just a couple of magpies and a cat! A scientist in the making I think.

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    1. I'd be really worried if you looked out and saw a dinosaur. (Although a magpie might be related to the dinosaurs!)

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  16. I want a triceratops in my backyard, please :D

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    1. If he makes one, you'll be the first to have it!

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  17. Scary. Show him Jurassic Park if he hasn't already watched it.

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    1. He's watched part of it. I don't think he fully understands the reality of having dinosaurs living with humans!

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  18. This makes me inner-paleontologist smile :)

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  19. What a wonderful imagination your son has. I'll bet Jurassic Park was one of the movies he watched during his summer break. : )

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