10 Amazing Fossils From 2022 That Didn’t Come From Dinosaurs

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

The oldest fossilized brain

An abstract artist’s impression of what a petrified worm is. Heart chainit may have looked. (Image credit: Nicholas Strausfeld/University of Arizona)

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

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