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Heslington Brain resists rotting for 2,600yrs

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"Within moments of a typical death, brain tissue starts to decompose. Compared with other body parts, this decay is especially rapid, with various proteins going to work demolishing cellular infrastructure.

"So when archaeologists looked inside a mud-caked skull pulled from an Iron Age dig site, they were understandably shocked to see the withered remains of what looked like a chunk of recognisable human brain.

"According to carbon dating, the middle-aged man breathed his last breath somewhere between 673 and 482 BCE, most likely as the result of a fractured spine – the kind you get after a hanging."

Full report at the Science Alert: https://www.sciencealert.com/this-study-could-explain-how-human-brain-tissue-remained-intact-for-2-600-years

At Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/iron-age-brain-preserved.html


"Protein aggregate formation permits millennium-old brain preservation"

Paper at the Royal Society: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsif.2019.0775

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Looks ok to me.

Let's plug it in and fire him up! :tu:

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