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Tyrannosaurus rex’s soft tissue

Paleontologists
have recovered what appear to be soft tissues from the thighbone of a 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, potentially enabling dinosaur research to make a leap into studying the animals’ physiology and perhaps even their cell biology. The scientists found the soft tissue when they were forced to break the thighbone into pieces to fit it aboard a helicopter. They normally don’t like to break bones, prefer them to be intact for museums. Although scientists immediately claimed that "there’s no ’Jurassic Park’ scenario" (i.e., cloning), I wouldn’t bet on it.

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A more important study might be related to how soft tissue can be preserved for 70 million years. We might be able to rid of all the preservatives in our food.

G.M.

MMM, T Rex jerky...

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