Dinosaur Soft Tissue - Young or Old?
Soft Tissue - with visible cellular structure - is found worldwide
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This article in the Smithsonian magazine of May 2006 is what really started the whole 'soft tissue' issue.
Our first "entry" is a recent technical paper by Dr. Mark Armitage. It is available on our site.
Preservation of Triceratops horridus Tissue Cells from the Hell Creek Formation, MT
Mark H. Armitage
Abstract: Dinosaur soft tissues are shown to be remarkably preserved to the sub-micron level of ultrastructure despite environmental and biological factors associated with burial for millions of years. Light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveals soft tissue features such as fibrillar bone tissue, osteocytes, and blood vessels. Concerns that these findings relate to contamination or biofilm formation have been refuted. Notwithstanding the controversial nature of these discoveries, soft dinosaur tissues should be systematically searched for and thoroughly characterized in other dinosaur remains.
Click to download .pdf file of the entire paper: Triceratops Tissue Cells
We will be adding more links and content as we review the ("tons" of) information and documentation available online.
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