Glassified brain cells found in victim of Vesuvius eruption

Preserved brain cells have been found in the remains of a young man who died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. 

The brain cells’ structure is still visible in a black, glassy material found in the man’s skull. The new discovery of this structure, described today (Oct. 2) in the journal PLOS ONE, adds to the accumulating evidence that this glassy material is indeed part of the man’s brain. The transformation to glass occurred as a result of extreme heating and rapid cooling. 

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