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ancient marrow may yield DNA

Discussion in 'Herp Awareness' started by furryscaly, Dec 20, 2006.

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  1. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    I heard about this maybe a week ago, but forgot to post it. Here's one of several articles out there about the recent discovery of organic bone marrow found inside fossilized amphibian bones. The bones protected the marrow for millions of years. Here're some quotes from the article:

    " 'The original organic material is still there,' according to McNamara, whose research was published in this month's Geology, the journal of the Geological Society of America."

    "McNamara said the original red and yellow colours of the marrow had been preserved.

    'The fatty bone marrow is yellow and is a sort of energy reserve in terms of starvation or something and you also have red bone marrow and that is where your blood cells are produced,' she said."

    And the article itself. Keep in mind it's two pages, and there are other articles out there with interesting info on it.
    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2006/08/02/frogfossil_din.html?category=dinosaurs&guid=20060802173030

    Here's another article on the same subject, which also brings to light some potential soft tissue found in a Tyrranosaurus fossil.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5214798.stm
     
  2. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    I read that also, very interesting possibilities.
     
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