We can add dinosaur meat to the menu at last. We've only got a small amount, so the bidding starts at £10 million.
On a more serious note, scientists have discovered tissue fragments from a 70 million year old Tyrannosaurus rex.
When paleontologists find fossilized dinosaur bones during a dig, they usually do everything in their power to protect them, using tools like toothbrushes to carefully unearth the bones without inflicting any damage. However, when scientists found a massive Tyrannosaurus rex thigh bone in a remote region of Montana a few months ago, they were forced to break the bone in two in order to fit it into the transport helicopter. This act of necessity revealed a startling surprise: soft tissue that had seemingly resisted fossilization still existed inside the bone. This tissue, including blood vessels, bone cells, and perhaps even blood cells, was so well preserved that it was still stretchy and flexible.
A scanning electron microscope revealed that the dinosaur blood vessels, which are 70 million years old, are virtually identical to those recovered from modern ostrich bones. The ostrich is today’s largest bird, and many paleontologists believe that birds are the living descendants of dinosaurs.
More. How long is it going to be until we clone these guys, domesticate them, put them on our menus? Maybe we can get some of those people who insist on eating our whale buddies to eat these guys instead.