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HOAX – ‘British Scientists Clone Dinosaur’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Report circulating via social media claims that scientists at the UK’s John Moore University have successfully cloned a dinosaur. The report features a picture that supposedly depicts the cloned baby dinosaur. 

Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are nonsense. Scientists have certainly not cloned a dinosaur. The image in the report depicts a newborn macropod (kangaroo, wallaby or wallaroo), not a dinosaur. The story originates from NewsHound, a website that publishes all manner of fanciful nonsense disguised as news reports. Nothing published on the NewsHound site should be taken seriously.

 

Example

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.

Cloned Dinosaur Hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

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.

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.

It cannot be ruled out, that, at some future time, scientists may have the necessary knowledge to clone a dinosaur. But, such a time is a long way off. And ethical scientists may choose not to proceed with such cloning even if they could.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer