Iron Preserves Ancient Dinosaurs DNA

CC Image from Wikipedia

CC Image from Wikipedia

By: Tulani M.

Hemoglobin might be the key to the preservation of ancient T. Rex remains found by Schweitzer in 2005. When organisms die, iron might act as preservation, like formaldehyde. Birds and crocodiles are the dinosaurs’ closest relatives alive today have a higher level of hemglobin in their cells than mammals, and so it is possible that dinosaurs had a higher amount as well. Although iron works well in preservation, it also maskes proteins in the preserved substances, causing issues in protein detection for scientists.(Read more…)

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