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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil dug out of a hunk of sandstone has yielded soft tissue, including blood vessels and perhaps even whole cells, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

    Paleontologists forced to break the creature's massive thighbone to get it on a helicopter found not a solid piece of fossilized bone, but instead something looking a bit less like a rock.

    When they got it into a lab and chemically removed the hard minerals, they found what looked like blood vessels, bone cells and perhaps even blood cells.

    "They are transparent, they are flexible," said Mary Higby Schweitzer of North Carolina State University and Montana State University, who conducted the study.

    She said the vessels were flexible and in some cases their contents could be squeezed out.

    "The microstructures that look like cells are preserved in every way," added Schweitzer, whose findings were published in the journal Science.

    "Preservation of this extent, where you still have this flexibility and transparency, has never been seen in a dinosaur before." Feathers, hair and fossilized egg contents yes, but not truly soft tissue.

    Studying the soft tissues may help answer many questions about dinosaurs. Were they cold-blooded like reptiles, warm-blooded like mammals, or somewhere in-between? How are they related to living animals?

    JURASSIC PARK?

    "If we can isolate certain proteins, then perhaps we can address the issue of the physiology of the dinosaur," Schweitzer said.

    Of course, the big question is whether it will be possible to see dinosaur DNA. "We don't know yet. We are doing a lot in the lab now that looks promising," Schweitzer said.
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    This is some old shit.
    hell naw!

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    • #3
      what that shit is crazy, what if they clone dinosaurs haha

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      • #4
        Amazing how the tissue can last this long
        Laughing how dreams ain't dreams no more
        Used to dream of keys 'til the triple-beam was sore

        - Pusha T "You'll See"

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        • #5
          has any of them actually seen jarassic park 2? fuck me if they clone a dinasaour think how cool it will be, t rex rampaging down LA-the live version
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          • #6
            Originally posted by PinkPantha23
            Amazing how the tissue can last this long
            i don't believe it, and yeah...green already posted this, fuck off.
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            • #7
              they wouldnt be able to clone it, i saw this on tv at the weekend, there is about 80 strands of DNA in that tissue, they need about 40 mill to be able to do anything like that, all they can do with that is compare it to birds, which they have done, and proven that ostriches have the same structure as a T-Rex, so all theyve done is proven already known rumours of birds evolving from dinosaurs
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              • #8
                you yankys could strap guns to the dinosaurs and ship them to iraq to fight the war for you

                saves you blowing up your own men etc
                welcome to england, part of so-called great britain/
                but there aint a fucking thing great, about the way that were livin/

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                • #9
                  yeh someone posted this shit already...shit is crazy if they try to clone the mu'fucka

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