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1st fossilised prehistoric animal heart found

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Palaeontologists and the famous Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz were once in search of the same thing: a heart. But in our case, it was the search for a fossilised heart. And now we've found one.

A new discovery, announced today in the journal eLife, shows the perfectly preserved 3D fossilised heart in a 113-119 million-year-old fish from Brazil called Rhacolepis.

This is the first definite fossilised heart found in any prehistoric animal.

http://phys.org/news...ric-animal.html

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BeastieRunner

That's pretty cool.

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Rob Awesome

I expected an ex-wife/girlfriend joke in here somewhere

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paperdyer

No wife/ex-girlfriend joke needed as the fossil wasn't heartless.

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Infernal Gnu

There's GOT to be some sort of song lyric here:

"Baby, you can't break my fossilized heart" something like that.

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Ozfactor

a heart of stone

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Galactic Goatman

A presumed heart was found in a small ornithopod dinosaur, but others say it's just a stain or a liver.

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Geeky Girl

I think it could be real.

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