Extraction darts are devices utilized for scientific research, predominantly by the Dinosaur Protection Group for the purpose of studying de-extinct and hybrid animals. The dart is fired into an animal via remote-operated drone and automatically extracts a sample of blood or other internal fluids from which DNA can be obtained. Ever since these animals became widespread in the modern world, extraction darts have become the primary method for obtaining genetic information about them.
These darts act as small syringes, lightweight enough to carry in bulk (standard DPG drones are designed to carry a total of 140 darts, though it is possible to hold more) but sturdy enough to penetrate even thicker animal hides and be recovered easily. When used by the DPG, the darts are fired from a small short-range drone using thermal imaging and other tracking methods to locate an animal. The drone is typically operated by a DPG member via mobile phone or other such device. Computer-aided guidance selects the optimal locations on the target animal’s body for the dart to penetrate, and once it has successfully punctured the skin of the animal, the syringe mechanism retracts to yield an almost instantaneous result before quickly dislodging from the animal’s body. The dart is then recollected by the drone and returned to the laboratory, where the animal’s genetic information can be used for research. The small needle tip of the dart and the immediate function of the syringe mechanism ensures that it does not cause harm to the animal, although the sensation can cause them to flee in surprise or discomfort.
Darts are single-use and easily break if misfired, so the drone operator must be careful to aim accurately with help from the computerized guidance system. The darts are produced in large quantities by the Dinosaur Protection Group and distributed via the DPG’s global supply drop network, which can be accessed by all registered DPG members.