April 2007

Soft tissue in fossils can now be analysed. Two groups reported work, published in Science, in which they examined remains of collagen in T. rex fossils and come up with identical conclusions – the dinosaur collagen is closest to that found in birds. More evidence that birds came from the dinosaurs (which Henry McGhie considers to be the single most uninteresting fact about birds, but which I think is quite fun).

BBC summary, article 1, article 2 (subscription needed to get past abstracts).


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