Mass extinction is one of the defining characteristics of our geological era, known as the Anthropocene. It’s an age defined by human activity and its impact on living things. In fact, animal and plant species are dying off at up to 1,000 times the natural rate of extinction. But there is one type of long-dead creature that may be about to make a comeback: the dinosaur.
Dinosaurs have long captured the imaginations of children and, undoubtedly, more than a few adults, too. From the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex to the gentle diplodocus, the creatures inspire a sense of wonder about the Earth and its distant past. Magnificent and monstrous, and yet somehow magical too, dinosaurs hint at the immense power of nature. And its tendency toward destruction.
But what if humanity became so technologically advanced that it resurrect extinct animals? What if the velociraptor, triceratops and other long-lost giants of prehistory could be brought back into existence? It sounds like an idea straight out of science fiction. But, according to one world-renowned paleontologist, a new generation of dinosaurs could be roaming the planet just five years from now.