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BRITISH SCIENTISTS CLONE DINOSAUR
Scientists at Liverpool's 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 University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
If a dinosaur had been successfully cloned, it would be a major news event all around the world. But, of course, there are no credible reports that support the claims in the NewsHound article.
According to a report that is currently circulating via social media, British scientists have managed to clone a dinosaur. The report features an image that supposedly shows the cloned baby dinosaur.
The report claims that scientists working at Liverpool's John Moore University were able to extract DNA from Apatosaurus fossils and inject it into a 'fertile ostrich womb'.
But, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. Scientists have not cloned a dinosaur, in Britain or anywhere else. The image of the 'dinosaur' used in the hoax report actually depicts a newborn macropod (kangaroo, wallaby or wallaroo). The picture appears on an Australian Wildlife Carers webpage that provides instructions for rescuing macropods.
The fake story comes courtesy of NewsHound, a website quickly becoming notorious for churning out fanciful drivel disguised as news reports. The site is responsible for another recent viral hoax that falsely claimed that a woman stranded on an island for seven years was discovered after her SOS sign was spotted on Google Earth.
Nothing on the NewsHound website should be taken seriously.
Last updated: March 31, 2014