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A unique image, for the first time, has mapped organic compounds that are still surviving in a 50-million-year-old sample of reptile skin.
"So we took this new technology... and the detail of what we were able to reveal was quite striking."
Using the infra-red technique, as well as a series of X-rays, the team were able to confirm that soft tissue was present on the fossil.
They were also able to offer a hypothesis on how the tissue had survived for 50 million years.