Organic Molecule Remnants Found in Nuclei of Ancient Dinosaurs

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In dinosaurs, there are only two types of molecules-non-organic and organic.

Bright Smiling Raptor
Bright Smiling Raptor (click here for original source image)

Organic molecules consist of sugars, fats, carbohydrates, and lipids. As we all know, these compounds undergo chemical reactions that produce energy. Organic molecules therefore need a living host to which they can attach to grow and divide properly. The latest research from paleontologists shows that dinosaurs used cellular fences called “nucleoplasts” along with other molecules to protect their DNA fragments from harmful organisms. These “nucleoplasts” were composed of amino acids.

The research team discovered that these organic molecule remnants are devoid of amino acid residues that could have been responsible for the formation of the amino acid chains. These organic residues appear very thin and are dispersed throughout the entire cell. It is these thin organic molecule remnants that appear to have become the building blocks of the genetic material that forms the bases of life.

The studying scientists believe that the evolution of ancient dinosaur cells was catalyzed by changes in the environment. The environment was continually disrupted and new environments opened up in its wake. The process of evolution ultimately produced a set of cells that had the capacity for self-organization – the ability to self-replicate. The results of this self-organized behavior eventually ended up in dinosaurs that possessed cells that were capable of producing multiple offspring through a process called cell division.