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For her dissertation research, Edinger studied an endocast of the Triassic marine reptile Nothosaurus, kicking off her life-long investigation into fossilized brains.
The fossil mostly consists of an endocast—a sediment cast of the skull cavity where the dinosaur’s brain resided.
But this endocast’s top surface contains microscopic features that appear to be directly mineralized bits of brain tissue.
Typically, endocasts give vital but indirect information about the brains of fossilized animals, as these sensitive organs are often the first to decay.
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