When billionaire Clive Palmer was rumored to have an interest in building a true-life Jurassic Park, referring to the fictional theme park full of dinosaurs from the famous book and film franchise of the same name, he quickly dispelled the rumors. Months later, research was released that said DNA has a half-life of 521 years, further negating any possibility of extracting dino DNA in order to recreate the creatures. Despite that, a very unlikely source has shocked the scientific community with the possibility that it could indeed happen: Google Maps.
While attempting to capture close-up images of a once-remote island off Costa Rica, fly-by Google cameras snapped a shot of what appears to be real sauropod dinosaurs. The photos were quickly taken down from Google Maps. Experts were able to download and analyze the files, however.
“It appears to be a family of sauropods, perhaps of the Brachiosaurus genus,” said renowned paleontologist Robert J. Hokker. “All I know is, we better get more pictures.”
Hokker may be out of luck, however. Costa Rican officials maintain that the island has been labeled a no-fly zone, and that Google had apparently taken photos illegally. Many believe this fact led to the taking down of the image. Hokker says that officials should consider the interest of science and release any more photos taken.
“I don’t know if this was supposed to be some kind of secret project,” Hokker said. “But if this is real, the world has to know about it.”
Palmer has not yet confirmed or denied his involvement with the island. Many say the eccentric, Australian businessman is too busy with plans to build a recreation of the Titanic and constructing a park full of animatronic dinosaurs instead of real ones. However, rumors persist that the mysterious project Google captured must be tied to him.
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