Remarkable preservation of brain tissues in an Early Cretaceous iguanodontian dinosaur

Martin D Brasier, David Norman, Alexander Liu, Laura J Cotton, Jamie Hiscocks, Russell J Garwood, Jonathan B Antcliffe & David Wacey
It has become accepted in recent years that the fossil record can preserve labile tissues. We report here the highly detailed mineralization of soft tissues associated with a naturally occurring brain endocast of an iguanodontian dinosaur found in c. 133 Ma fluvial sediments of the Wealden at Bexhill, Sussex, UK. Moulding of the braincase wall and the mineral replacement of the adjacent brain tissues by phosphates and carbonates allowed the direct examination of petrified brain...
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