50 years after people, In museums across the world, dinosaur skeletons are starting to fall apart. What is leading to their downfall is a mineral called pyrite, or fool’s gold, which is formed during the fossilization process. Underground the mineral remains stable but in contact with air the mineral expands and cracks the bones from within. 50 years of pyrite damage is all it takes for most dinosaur skeletons to crumble into dust.

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