Inside a fossilized cell

Here's something that's just a little mind-blowing: Synchotron tomography, a type of medical imaging related to CT scanning, allows scientists to look inside the cells of fossils. Check out this post on Lawn Chair Anthropology about a recently published paper that used synchotron tomography to study clumps of fossilized cells and rule them out as being one of earliest ancestors.


  1. Wow – that is amazing/awesome. My friend, in trying to find soft tissue in bone, bought an ESM. He could see osteoblasts, though he later concluded he was looking at a biofilm cast. 

    He had a few things he saw that he couldn’t ID. One was a section of holes all in rows. Their size was very small. And then there was something that looked like it came out of The Thing, and was probably a fungus.

    Still – I find it mind boggling anything that small can be studied.

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