Russia Is Planning To Open A Real Life 'Jurassic Park' Really, Really Soon
Woolly mammoths included.
Have they not seen any of the movies?
If you grew up watching 'Jurassic Park' like this writer did, then there's no doubt that one of your dreams is to visit a theme park where dinosaurs roam free.
Guess what, you nerds? That dream you had since you were 12 might come true in the very near future.
That's because Russian scientists are reportedly planning to set up a real life 'Jurassic Park' in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.
Their main goal? To bring extinct prehistoric animals back to life!
According to a news report by The Siberian Times, the center, which will cost up to USD5.9mil (RM24.5mil), will be a "world class paleo-genetic scientific hub".
Working together with the South Korean SOOAM Biotech Research Foundation, Russian scientists from the Northern-Eastern Federal University will reportedly study the DNA and genetics of several extinct species once native to the area.
If everything goes well, the scientists are confident that they would be able to un-extinct some of the animals that went extinct thousands of years ago.
What that means is, we could soon see woolly mammoths, woolly rhinoceros, cave lions, and breeds of extinct horses roam the planet once again.
(Sorry, no T-Rexes for now)
So far, the scientists have discovered the DNA of several ancient animals, perfectly preserved in frozen soil for tens of thousands of years.
Last year, the scientists discovered two perfectly preserved cave lion cubs from over 12,000 years ago. Just recently, a 40,000-year-old foal, also perfectly preserved, was unearthed in the Yakutia region of northern Siberia.
In fact, the website reported that around 80 per cent of soft tissue samples of extinct animals from the Pleistocene and Holocene period have been unearthed around the city of Yakutsk, which, by the way, in case you didn't know, is the coldest city in the world.
Setting up a cloning center and breeding mammoths and cave lions at a cold, dark place where no one can hear you scream?
At the moment, there's no official date on when this research lab will open, but according to the same news report, Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected to officially unveil his plans for the center at an investment forum next week.
If there's one man who could bring prehistoric animals back to life, it's Vladimir Putin.
Somebody please get Dr Ian Malcolm on speed dial.