The Chickenosaurus is a project being proposed by paleontologist Jack Horner and several other scientists. The aim is to create a chicken with a long tail, arms and sharp teeth (Source 1).


A developing bird embryo. Bird embyros start with long tails, but they become smaller as the chick develops. The Chickenosaurus project hopes to reverse this.


The idea has already begun it's first steps.

In Februrary 2006, Matthew Harris in Wisconsin accidentally created a mutant chicken with alligator-like teeth (Source 3).

In August 2011, Arkhat Abzhanhov made a chicken embryo grow a snout by making a small hole in a fertile chicken egg and inserting a small protein bead. The snout grew within 2 weeks. However, ethical issues prevented the eggs from being hatched (Source 1).


1. Scientists undo evolution by creating a chicken with an alligator-like snout.

2. Chickenosaurus, wacky but true science idea of 2011.