It was an unusual discovery, but one that did not surprise the team from the US, Canada and the UK.
“We found a slime piece inside the skull of a person who was decapitated.
It was just the right size to fit in there, so we immediately called the coroner and we got it,” said lead author Michael Moseley.
“The coroner, in turn, called our colleagues and they got it out and we immediately started to dig in there and start to work with it.”
The team first took the skull and examined it, and after they removed the skull, the researchers took apart the brain tissue to try and find out how it had been damaged.
“They found that the brain is quite damaged,” Mosely said.
“That’s where we started to look for other parts of the skull that might have been missing.”
A sample of the brain from the brain of a decapitated human skull found in a slime-filled pit.
Image copyright Michael Maseley/University of Toronto via Science-Fiction.com The researchers then used a technique called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at the brain and determine if the brain had been crushed or damaged by a projectile, like a shank.
The skull and brain were then taken back to the US for further study.
“What we found is that it’s quite normal for the brain to have fragments that are actually in the skull,” Masely said, adding that these fragments are typically a “little bit smaller” than the rest of the body.
The fragments were then placed into a container of water and sealed. “
And we also found that we were able to determine that the fragment was at least 1.8 millimetres in diameter.”
The fragments were then placed into a container of water and sealed.
The researchers found that when the water was removed from the skull the brain fragments were still there, and Mosey said it was “quite an interesting finding”.
“It’s not exactly like the normal brain that is being smashed and the pieces of brain are still there,” he said.
The research team also looked at the brains of several decapitated people to determine if any brain damage could be attributed to the slug or the slime, which the researchers found did not have any effect on the people.
Moselyn said it might be possible to use this technique to detect brain damage in the future.
“It may be a very important technique in the development of future diagnostic tests for brain damage,” he added.
“If this technology can be used for detecting brain damage, it may be that one day a brain scan could be performed on a person and there would be some information that would tell you if they have brain damage.”