Have scientists really cloned a dinosaur? - Internet/Facebook Rumour
Scientists at Liverpools John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur, a spokesman from the university said yesterday.
The dinosaur, a baby Apatosaurus nicknamed “Spot,” is currently being incubated at the Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine.
The scientists extracted DNA from preserved Apatosaurus fossils, which were on display at the universitys museum of natural science. Once the DNA was harvested, scientists injected it into a fertile ostrich womb.
Articles claiming that scientists have successfully cloned a dinosaur are beginning to circulate social media websites like Facebook.
The article, from popular hoax-starter News-Hound, claims that scientists at Liverpools John Moore University successfully cloned an Apatosaurus using the womb of an ostrich and DNA from fossils, in what sounds like it could be the next plot line to the next Jurassic Park movie.
However the story is total nonsense and none of the details are factual, including the identities of the people quoted in the article.
For example the “PETA President” is not called Craig Farmer and Dr. Gemma Sheridan is not a real a LJMU chemistry professor (in fact that name was used in an earlier hoax perpetrated by the same website that claimed a woman had her SOS signal discovered by a Google Earth viewer.)
As for the image used in the article, an image search suggests it is a Macropod.
This isn’t the first time News-Hound have managed to get their fake stories to go viral. The rapidly growing website has gone viral many times over the last month simply by creating fake stories that sound incredible and posting them on social media websites where gullible social media users share them with their friends, thus allowing the site owner to cash in on advertisement revenue.
Whilst humorous, satirical or “amazing story” websites used the same business model, News-Hound simply seems to plant totally fake stories that serve no purpose other than to fool readers into sharing – thus we do not recommend visiting or sharing anything published on this website with your friends.
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