10 stunning fossils from 2022 that didn’t come from dinosaurs

When it comes to fossils, dinosaurs usually dominate the headlines. But many amazing and scientifically important non-dino fossil discoveries get dug up every year that deserve just as much respect. And 2022 was no different. From the oldest fossilized brain and ancient panda teeth to mangled “dragon” bones and a 3D fish face, here are some of our favorites.

Oldest fossilized brain

An abstract artist’s impression of what the fossilized worm, Cardiodictyon catenulum, may have looked like.  (Image credit: Nicholas Strausfeld/The University of Arizona)

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A 525 million-year-old fossilized worm unearthed in China has what is likely the oldest example of a brain ever discovered.

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