An Australian businessman has denied reports of his dino-sized plans to create a Jurassic Park resort in Queensland.
Billionaire Clive Palmer, who owns the Palmer Resort in coastal town Coolum, was rumoured to have spoken to the Scottish scientists who cloned Dolly the Sheep in 1996 about pulling a Richard Hammond and resurrecting dino DNA.
He would then unleash said dinosaurs in a new park, Steven Spielberg style, reported the Sunshine Coastal Daily . The news followed reports of Palmer's ambitions to build a new Titanic, called Titanic II, which would reportedly be sea-faring by 2017.
"If Mr Palmer can resurrect the Titanic, what is to stop him from trying with another of his other alleged passions – dinosaurs?" wrote the newspaper.
But now Palmer has rubbished the claims that he would be bringing Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster to life.
"It's just a beat-up of a story and untrue," he told the Gold Coast Bulletin .
The bizarre rumours were the latest in a long line of outlandish ideas attributed to Palmer's resort. Others include a London Eye-style ferrish wheel and a scheme to introduce a sky rail reaching up to nearby Mount Coolum. The latter was also recently denied by Palmer.
Editor of The Sunshine Coast Daily, Mark Furler, commented: "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."
"There was never any verification, the journalist never spoke to me," added Palmer.
"More than 100,000 whole dinosaur cells would probably be needed to even attempt to clone a dinosaur," concluded the Gold Coast Buolletin.Google+