A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

Ancient, well-preserved human remains aren’t exactly a common thing to find, which makes the discovery of a 4,000-year-old brain in western Turkey pretty noteworthy. The brain was found in 2010 in an ancient burial ground that appeared to have been burned — charred skeletons and wooden objects were found, but somehow brain tissue inside the skulls of four skeletons had been preserved. Scientists at universities across Turkey have been analyzing the findings ever since and published their findings late last month.

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A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

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