Scientists to attempt clone of Ice Age lions

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In spite of everything the world has learned from the “Jurassic Park” franchise, scientists are attempting to clone extinct Ice Age lion cubs by pinpointing DNA in well-preserved remains.

Did anyone else just hear the “Jurassic Park” theme music start to play?

Russian and South Korean scientists are attempting to clone extinct Ice Age lion cubs by pinpointing DNA in recently discovered remains.

Last August, two 12,000-year-old lion cubs were discovered – preserved in ice in nearly perfect condition – and are now subjects of a cloning project at the Joint Foundation of Molecular Paleontology at North East Russia University in the city of Yakutsk, according to a report by the Siberian Times.

But maybe these scientists should heed the warning that is the entire “Jurassic Park” franchise – here are a few key points, straight from the films worth considering when it comes to reviving extinct creatures.

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Dr. Ian Malcom, center, has warned us all.

1.)Dr. Albert Protopopov, a scientist at the Yakutian Academy of Sciences, said of the lion cubs: “This find, beyond any doubt, is sensational.”

But Dr. Ian Malcom, as portrayed by Jeff Goldblum disagrees.

“What’s so great about discovery?” he asks in the first installment of the dino-series. “It’s a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores. What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world.”

Just saying.

2.)From a T-rex stomping through San Diego in “The Lost World” to containment issues in the dino-zoo in 2015’s “Jurassic World,” the films have proven it is very difficult to contain ferocious, previously-extinct creatures.

3.) Let’s not pretend that everyone who watched “Jurassic Park” still don’t get nightmares about the kitchen scene where velociraptors not only stalk the film’s child stars, but open a door to do it – any cat-owner can tell you, felines have a knack for getting inside things like closed drawers and cabinets.

Like the terrifying velociraptors, cats are smart – in fact, according to scientists the feline species ranks high on the intelligence spectrum.

4.) Big cats are also among the best hunters in the animal kingdom, often hiding in high grass to hunt their prey.

Sound familiar? That’s because it’s highly remniscent of another horrifying raptor chace sequence from the first film.

5.) But if we’ve learned anything from blockbuster franchise it’s that “life… uh … finds a way.”

According to one of movies’ most famous quotes, no matter what safety measures are put in place to control these lion cub clones, they’re going to work their way around it, and find a way to persist.

jschladebeck@nydailynews.com

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