Friday, October 26, 2012

Dinosaur Cells Survive Millions Of Years Trapped In Bone

In keeping with the dinosaur theme, a recent paper published by Mary Schweitzer and her team provides new evidence that the cells they found embedded in dinosaur bones are in fact dinosaur osteocytes, or specialized bone cells. Read more about it here!

Microscope image of dinosaur osteocytes. Image credit: Mary Schweitzer

There was also a great article published in Discover magazine in 2006 about her initial discovery. The same article subsequently appeared in the 2007 Best American Science Writing publication, so it's worth a read.

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