Billionaire Wants to Construct Real Life Jurassic Park With Real Dinosaurs [Updated]

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Remember Dolly the sheep? Dolly was born in 1996 and represented a huge leap in scientific research as the first mammal successfully cloned from adult mammary cells. What if Dolly were a 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus rex? Universal Pictures, we have your script for the Jurassic Park reboot.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer wants to do more than rebuild the Titanic (he’s actually doing that), he wants to convert his own Palmer Resort into a real-life Jurassic Park, and to do it, he’s begun chatting with the creators of Dolly, biologist Keith Campbell and embryologist Ian Wilmut.

While Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver work away on the screenplay for Jurassic Park 4, a movie that producer Frank Marshall says is coming in 2014, Mr. Palmer wants to bring that idea to life, literally. While Palmer hasn’t directly shared his ideas with the public, a proven source close to him relayed the info to Sunshine Coast Daily, claiming that they want to use dino DNA and cloning to bring the prehistoric creatures to life. According to a spokesperson for Palmer, he’s planning to hold a press conference on Friday and that’s something I’m going to be watching to see if this is truly his plan.

Rumor has it that he’s targeting a wealthy middle-eastern demographic and would fly in employees for their shifts. The source also says he’s very “serious” about it all, which puts a smile on my face, if not for the comedic value of this situation.

  • Good idea: Spending millions on research and technology investment.
  • Bad idea: Thinking you can create and control dinosaurs (also known as “monsters” according to our own Anthony Ocasio).

As Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park said it best: “life finds a way” and there’s zero chance such a park could avoid some major, major issues. For now, let’s look forward to 2016 when the Titanic II sets sail. I hear it’s unsinkable.

This also ended well:

What will Steven Spielberg think of this? Practical effects, right? Real dinosaurs are better than CG ones.

[Update: Palmer denied the claims a on August 1st, staying “It’s just a beat-up of a story and untrue. There was never any verification, the journalist never spoke to me.”

The editor of The Sunshine Coast Daily replied with the following: “Mr Palmer has changed his tune several times on this project and the people of the Sunshine Coast wait with bated breath to see what the real plans are.

“We’ve heard of everything from monorails to highrises to cloned dinosaurs. The rumour mill has gone into overdrive and a lot of those rumours are coming from Clive’s camp.”]



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Sources: Sunshine Coast Daily, BBC

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  1. There have been plans for establishing a Pleistocene era park in the great plains area of the USA since 2005, using known living species to populate it, along with cloned/manipulated mammals. Kolyma River in Siberia has had a Pleistocene park running since 1988. I believe members of that group and some Japanese scientists were the people talking about cloning woolly mammoths for rewilding efforts.

    • I’m surpised they haven’t cloned Mammoths by now. They’ve founs a few frozen already.

      Aldo surpised no Tasmanian Tiger yet either :(

      • I agree especially since we have Mammoth sperm to inseminate an elephant, and basically breed a full mammoth after a few generations. Much easier and cheaper than reconstructing DNA. Also sad is we were able to obtain a complete dna stran from a pickled Thylacine (tasmanian tiger for those who don’t knoW). If we are fortunate to complete their reconstruction of Dinosaurs they will test methods on such dna, and we can obtain a Mammoth and Thylacine.
        I know this wasn’t in your post and it is this paragraph is not in responce to your comment. I think people who believe cloning dinosaurs is a bad idea, have seen to many movies. Two majors points I want to put out for those who think this way.
        1: Dinosaurs for all the unknown elements about them are still animals. A gun of almost any large caliber could put them down.
        2: Jurassic Park was ritten and made into a movie long before gps tracking and other significant advancements have been made. plus i’m sure that on top of high end security systems, that the keepers won’t forget to put a pad lock on things.

      • Nearly got a mammoth, the DNA strands aren’t quite intact…


  3. And let me guess where he wants to put it…Africa?

    Silly humans need to stop trying to play the great creator.

  4. Well this would be cool but one thinks he wont be a billionaire at the end of the project . You need a host to do this and what have we got that could do this?

    Ok we have elephants for the mammoths but if they were going to do this, wouldnt they of done it already?

    • They have already cloned mammoths and placed the embyros in the elephants. Look it up.

  5. I just watched Jurassic Park again last night and the scene at the lunch table still rings true. They have to stop and think if they should…

  6. IMO, there’s only 2 problems with bringing back the dinosaurs.

    One, successfully assembling the genetic code (see the book The Lost World [AFTER reading the first one!!!]).

    Two, they will never be free.

    No matter how much I want a Jurassic Park, I say it shouldn’t happen. Why? Simply because keeping animals in captivity is wrong.

  7. First of all, we already have dinosaurs in our midst that have evolved. They are birds. Second, we have quite a few other critters who are vastly older than the entire dynasty of the dinosaurs; unfortunately rather boring critters like sharks, horseshoe crabs, triops, and even the lowly cockroach, who all existed way before the dinosaurs. The other and biggest problem people don’t understand is that DNA are not only blueprints of a creature, they also serve as switches based on enviroment. Sometimes the switches come on too soon and don’t work for the animal and even the species and other times they do and the species adapts and evolves. This takes an incredible amount of time for history to record the result and in the meantime all the flora and fauna (all the very small critters that live in the species) has to adapt and maintain the symbiotic relation which allows the creature to survive. Dinosaurs existed in a time of a different climate, atmosphere, and environment which had viruses, bateria, and other animals that made the dinosaurs possible. If you want to create dinosaurs, you better create the total environment first with the simpler creatures first or there will be no support for them to exist.

  8. as except people’s wish is there should be Ultrasaurus and Argentinosaurus
    They live together… our request for this film is
    Can Tyrannosaurus ( T-Rex ) or Spinosaurus want to attack fighting with Ultrasaurus or Argentinosaurus ?? in Jurassic Park 4..
    and Why Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus never attack Ultrasaurus or Argentinosaurus ??

  9. It is not possible look up real sources for your information people. None of what is stated in this “News” report is real. None of these qoutes are real from producers or anything. Also it is scientifically impossible to clone dinosaurs simple since the half life of such DNA is destroyed by now. There is no way to bring dinosaurs back and it hasn’t been confirmed by anyone their truly making another film people. This isn’t a reliable source at all.

  10. who says this is a bad idea, i want to do it and if they clone mammoths i can clone dinosaurs,it all starts with a moskito or a blood sucking fly and take the blood out of it and start cloning ( heres hoping i get a compsonathus or velociraptor first) put meat eating dinosaurs habitats 16 ft in the ground with metal surounding the inside
    with electrical fence around it plant eaters can be out in the open make sure there are food harbors OK . I already have some people to help me ( im a paleontologist ) so i wanna t wex now);

    • You are a paleontologist and you can’t spell? Don’t you have to have a Ph.D.? What kind of school did you attend that let you graduate?

  11. I don’t see why people are talking about cloning it would be impossible, dna expires after 6.3 million years and the dinosaurs have been gone for about 65 million.

  12. Read: Billionaire did not actually watch Jurassic Park or read Jurassic Park