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A toast to the proteins in dinosaur bones

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Burnt toast and dinosaur bones have a common trait, according to a new, Yale-led study. They both contain chemicals that, under the right conditions, transform original proteins into something new. It's a process that may help researchers understand how soft-tissue cells inside dinosaur bones can survive for hundreds of millions of years.

Fossil soft tissue in dinosaur bones has been a controversial topic among researchers for quite some time. Hard tissues, such as bones, eggs, teeth, and enamel scales, are able to survive fossilization extremely well. Soft tissues, such as blood vessels, cells, and nerves—which are stored inside the hard tissue—are more delicate and thought to decay rapidly after death. These soft tissues are composed mainly of proteins, which are believed to completely degrade within about four million years.

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-toast-proteins-dinosaur-bones.html?

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Kittens Are Jerks

If ever 'burnt toast and dinosaur bones have a common trait' was on a true or false test, I would have guessed wrong.

Amazing what researchers are able to discover.

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