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The scientist who was the inspiration for Jurassic Park has said he believes that dinosaurs could return by 2025.

The 1993 film is one of the most iconic of all time, and tells the story of a paleontologist touring an almost complete theme park on an island in Central America.

He is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose, with havoc ensuing.

A further five more blockbusters have followed including the sixth and final instalment – Jurassic World Dominion – due to be released on June 10.

Of course, the stories are entirely fictional. But the paleontologist who Steven Spielberg consulted with and hired as a technical advisor for the franchise has said they could potentially become a reality in the near future.

It was a panel discussion in 2015 where Dr Jack Horner made the comments about the potential return of the creatures, MovieWeb reports.

Horner's work, which is what inspired Dr Alan Grant in the hit film series, revealed an expectation that technology could be capable of bringing dinosaurs into existence by 2025 at the latest.

To do this, he planned to genetically engineer chickens (living ancestors of dinosaurs) to reactivate their ancestral traits. In other words, make them look as scary as they do in Jurassic Park.

"Of course birds are dinosaurs," he explained. "So we just need to fix them so they look a little more like a dinosaur…Dinosaurs had long tails, arms, and hands, and through evolution they've lost their tails, and their arms and hands have turned into wings.

"Actually, the wings and hands are not as difficult," Horner said, adding that a "chickenosaurus" is well on its way to becoming reality. "The tail is the biggest project," he said.

"But on the other hand, we have been able to do some things recently that have given us hope that it won't take too long. Birds are living dinosaurs."

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