The Vesuvius eruption turned an ancient resident's brain into glass

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By Dennis Thompson
Reporter HealthDay

WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) – The catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD created temperatures so hot that the brain of a poor soul was turned into glass, reports of researchers.

Archaeologists working at the site of Herculaneum – another city wiped out during the eruption, along with Pompeii – discovered small black glass fragments inside the skull of one of the victims.

Tests of glass materials show some of the proteins commonly found in human brain tissue, as well as the fatty acids found in human fats and triglycerides, the main researcher of Tien Dr. Pier Paolo Petrone, a biomedical researcher at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

"In archeology – as well as in recent times – preserving the brain is an extremely rare finding, but this is the first discovery of an ancient human brain, which is thermogenic at around 950 degrees. F in an erupting volcano, "Petrone said.

Petrone has been studying Vesuvius victims since the mid-1990s, when the archeological director asked him to excavate and study the 80 victims found in several beachfront rooms on the town's beach.

The Vesuvius eruption in 79 A.D was the first volcanic eruption ever described in detail. Greek scholar Pliny the Younger witnessed an eruption of 18 miles and provided a detailed introduction of …


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