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Jack Horner's team finds T. rex soft tissue

And the best part is, if I'm reading this right, it's mummified rather than fossilized.

Well, paint me blue and call me Eustace. I bet Robert Bakker's hat just went into orbit.


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You read right. I saw pictures, and in one shot they had sliced the tissue open to exampine the inside.
(And oy but I need to learn to edit comments before I post them.)
Heh. I am the worst typist in all prodom. *g* So there.
The really cool and amazing thing about this discovery is that it doesn't seem to be unique... there's every indication that many other bones already unearthed also contain scraps of unfossilized soft tissue inside. It's just that no one wanted to (or had any reason to) cut open an intact bone (in this case it was done because the bones were in a place that was only accessible by helicopter and they were too big to carry out in one piece). I predict that every large intact dinosaur bone worldwide will be CAT scanned in the next decade.

In addition to the new stuff we're going to be learning about dino biology, the whole theory of how fossils are formed will have to be rewritten.
Squeeee! Sorry, dino geek from a ways back. Plus, Horner is Da Man.

Thanks for the link!
> I bet Robert Bakker's hat just went into orbit.

That's putting it mildly. But, damn, wouldn't I like to see it happen - that man's a hoot, and he'd be all wound up over this one.

Man, as if Horner didn't already have a stellar career.
Whimper. Now I know you don't love me, because you would have read it from me first.
*g* You don't email me with cool stuff, alas. So I only see you if I stop and read livejournal, which I am only allowed to do once or twice a day.