How to Mummify a Dinosaur 

(and Other Fossil Tips and Tricks)

While usually it's just the bony and hard bits that fossilize, some amazing fossils preserve much, much more than that. In this episode we delve into the many weird ways that the fossil record can preserve things like skin, organs, blood and more… and the weird things that scientists have done when they found them. 

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Discussion of dead animals, eating very old meat, blood and proteins and gushy body bits, placentas and dead animal babies. 

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