For the field of paleontology, a big discovery happened, a lump was discovered which might seem like nothing much but it is actually a dinosaur brain tissue fossil which is its first ever known example. An electron microscope was used by the team to detect mineralized blood vessels, collagen, membranes and possibly brain cortex in the remains of an “iguanodontid” that lived about 133 million years ago. It seems like modern birds and reptiles had a lot of common with dinosaurs brain. The brain does not completely fill the cranial cavity and there is significant space for blood vessels and sinuses in the brain matter.
Through modern technological equipment, researchers may understand more about the evolutionary link. A CT scan has already been conducted and the team is hopeful to perform future 3D scans which will help compare iguanodontid’s brain to that of present-day creatures.
Don’t think about getting this kind of discovery news anytime soon, they are a once in a lifetime discovery. The scientist thinks that fortune favored them; the theory is “that the dinosaur’s brain was preserved in highly acidic water, possibly from a bog or swamp, protecting its form before the whole animal was drowned. Perhaps, this will encourage other paleontologists to revisit past fossils in case they missed something big like this.
So, what are your thoughts on this discovery?