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A Surprising Scientific Discovery About Dinosaurs You Need To Know About

Melinda Venessa

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Dinosaurs are a diverse group of reptiles of the clade Dinosauria, and they loom in our imaginations as forces of nature. They existed during the Triassic period about 243 million years ago and geological evidence suggested they may have been killed by an asteroid impact making them non-existent.

According to scientists, dinosaurs got cancer too. A new study identifies the first known case of cancer in the creatures showing they suffered from the monster disease too. In 1989, a badly malformed Centrosaurus leg bone was unearthed by paleontologists in the Badlands of Canada in Atlanta, and they assumed it to be a healed fracture.

A fresh examination of the growth was conducted under a microscope using a multidisciplinary diagnostic technique employed in human cancer care, which is a high-resolution computed CT scan, and the diagnosis of the microscopic examination determined that the growth was actually a malignant tumor, an advanced cancer.

According to the study co-author Mark Crowther, the cancer discovery makes dinosaurs more real creatures and many people often think of them as mythical creatures, robust and stomping around but the diagnosis shows they suffered from diseases too just like humans. These findings were published in the August issue of The Lancet Oncology.

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According to Mark Crowther, who’s a dinosaur enthusiast and chair of McMaster University’s medical faculty in Canada, most cancers occur in soft tissues which are not well-preserved in fossil records and oddly enough, the growth looked a lot like human Osteosarcoma when it was observed under a microscope.

Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone cancer and it’s fascinating that this cancer existed tens of million years ago and still exists today as it afflicts about 3 out of 1 million people each year.

The study co-author further added that dinosaurs would probably have been at a higher risk of Osteosarcoma, which affects youths with fast growing bones because they grew very quickly and big.

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