Researchers at a Norwegian archaeological dig site have unearthed an ancient skull carrying something unexpected — preserved brain matter.
The bones, thought to be about 8,000 years old, were discovered at a camp in Stokke, Norway, and could help scientists understand more about what life was like for people who lived in the Stone Age.
The skull that was found is also currently being analyzed as it contains “grey and clay-like” material which is thought to be preserved brain matter, TheBlaze reports.
The skull is among many findings uncovered during the excavation. It is unclear whether the skull belongs to an animal or a human, but initial tests date it to around 5,900 BC, The Local reports.
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“It is too early to say. We need help from bone experts,” Gaute Reitan, the dig site leader, told NRK.
Reitan added: “When we dug out some sample squares here, we very early came down to masses of soil, rich in carbon. We sent samples of this soil for fast dating in order to find a little more out of what we were dealing with. The bones in the pit are just as old.”