April 30, 2009

Scientists find soft tissue in T. rex bone

A team of researchers led by a North Carolina State University scientist has found soft tissue on a dinosaur skeleton.

The team was led by Professor Mary Schweitzer, who in 2005 found soft tissue in the fossilized bone of a 68-million-year old Tyrannosaurus rex, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer reported Thursday.

The findings will be published this week in the journal Science.

As was the case with the T. rex bone, there was no DNA found to give scientists a glimpse into the giant reptile's genetics, the newspaper noted.