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21-08-2012, 04:44 AM
2,600-Year-Old Brain Found in England
2,600-Year-Old Brain Found in England,
in Remarkably Fresh Condition


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Archeologists working in York in the United Kingdom discovered a remarkably well-preserved human brain that was
over 2,500 years old.

Found by UK researchers, the brain was found in a decapitated skull aged 2,684 years. The brain is the oldest found
brain in Europe or Asia, and is thought to be the best-preserved in the world.

The finding is particularly astonishing because, even when left on a counter in a chilled mortuary facility, brains tend
to degrade quickly into liquid. This one, however, had the consistency of tofu, and had none of the distinctive smell so
often associated with dead corpses.

Though it is difficult to ascertain cause of death after so many years, the damage to the neck vertebrae was consistent
with a hanging. Sonia O'Connor and her colleagues believe that the person was hanged, and then the skull was decapitated.

Interestingly, the way that the body died worked against the preservation of the brain. The separation of the head from
the rest of its body would have opened it up to immediate infection from bacteria.

But, because the brain had been preserved in a water-logged pit free of oxygen, either having been placed there or
having fallen in, the brain was kept fresh. Other body parts in the same environment may not have been so
well-preserved, but due to the brain's unique properties, it was kept fresh.

Unfortunately, while the brain's appearance has been kept fresh, the cells and tissues have long died, though that
is of course expected under the circumstances.

The brain belonged to a person, probably a man, in his thirties. Though the rest of his body was not located at the
site, the head of a deer was.

The skull was found in Heslington, Yorkshire, a suburban village in the northeast portion of England.

from http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/2012081...ngland.htm

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21-08-2012, 04:48 AM
RE: 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found in England
Man, that is pretty cool!

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21-08-2012, 04:48 AM
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Nah! That's just a manky Cornish pasty!

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21-08-2012, 08:57 AM
2,600-Year-Old Brain Found in England
Can't be DLJ's cuz he left England. Consider

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22-08-2012, 01:55 PM
RE: 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found in England
If only we had the technology to extract memories from brains.

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22-08-2012, 02:36 PM
RE: 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found in England
(22-08-2012 01:55 PM)Ghost0fBanquo Wrote:  If only we had the technology to extract memories from brains.

That would be absolutely fascinating, wouldn't it?
The insight on how life was actually lived, the actual dialect of the language that person spoke... Thumbsup

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