March 25, 2005

Dinomania, Part Two: Preordovician Boogaloo

In related news, for the first time ever, a 70 million year old Tyrannosaurus Rex has been found in Montana with intact soft tissue, including blood vessels, from which proteins may be extracted and isolated.

From the New York Times article:

"Moreover, an examination with a scanning electron microscope showed the dinosaur's blood vessels to be "virtually indistinguishable" from those recovered from ostrich bones. The ostrich is today's largest bird, and many paleontologists think birds are living descendants of some dinosaurs."

(Also, can we make sure this information is kept from Michael Crichton?)

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