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MYSTERIOUS FOSSIL IDENTIFIED AS
PRESERVED DINOSAUR BRAIN
Valerie Varnuska
INTRODUCTION
 Westbury, NY, resident Valerie Varnuska appreciates the
little things in life, and is often in awe of the n...
PRESERVED DINOSAUR BRAIN
 The find is unusual because soft tissues do not
usually preserve well. They typically succumb t...
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Mysterious Fossil Identified as Preserved Dinosaur Brain

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Westbury, NY, resident Valerie Varnuska appreciates the little things in life, and is often in awe of the natural and technological wonders of our world. Valerie Varnuska holds a special appreciation for paleontology and the study of fossils.

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Mysterious Fossil Identified as Preserved Dinosaur Brain

  1. 1. MYSTERIOUS FOSSIL IDENTIFIED AS PRESERVED DINOSAUR BRAIN Valerie Varnuska
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  Westbury, NY, resident Valerie Varnuska appreciates the little things in life, and is often in awe of the natural and technological wonders of our world. Valerie Varnuska holds a special appreciation for paleontology and the study of fossils. In 2004, a small fossil was uncovered on a beach in England. Without a matching skeleton or other context clues, researchers struggled to understand the find for a full decade, before Dr. David Norman and his team at the University of Cambridge learned that the mysterious item is the fossilized brain of a dinosaur. Scientists confirmed this finding very recently, saying the fossil dates back 133 million years, and likely belonged to a relative of the Iguanodon.
  3. 3. PRESERVED DINOSAUR BRAIN  The find is unusual because soft tissues do not usually preserve well. They typically succumb to rot and decay before they can be preserved. To create an endocast like the one found, the dinosaur in question must have died in a place where it would be preserved. Scientists are continuing to explore their impressive find, relying on scanning electron microscopes to find blood vessels, membranes, and other structures within the brain. Researchers hope that this discovery, and others like it, will help them learn more about the size and complexity of dinosaur brains.

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