A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of brain cells of the young man who died almost 2,000 years ago in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of brain cells of the young man who died almost 2,000 years ago in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of brain cells of the young man who died almost 2,000 years ago in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP

Volcanic eruption at Mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago turned man’s brain into glass

  • Brain cells of a young man killed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 were in exceptionally preserved form
  • Extreme heat of eruption and rapid cooling that followed essentially turned the brain material to a glassy material

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A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of brain cells of the young man who died almost 2,000 years ago in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of brain cells of the young man who died almost 2,000 years ago in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP
A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of brain cells of the young man who died almost 2,000 years ago in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Photo: AFP
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