Mt. Vesuvius May Have Turned Roman Brains Into Glass

Mt. Vesuvius May Have Turned Roman Brains Into Glass
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The archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Oplontis are well known as a kind of Roman time capsule, resulting from the pyroclastic events of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. While researchers have found everything from carbonized bread to human skeletons to two-story buildings preserved for nearly two millennia, a newly published article claims to have analyzed the first evidence of preserved brain matter.

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