(ORDO NEWS) — An ancient respiratory infection has been found in fossil dinosaur bones. This discovery was made by a group of paleontologists from the United States.
The researchers studied the fossilized remains of a young diplodocid, a large sauropod dinosaur with a long neck. He lived about 150 million years ago, according to Scientific Reports.
Scientists have found that the lizard suffered from aspergillosis, a disease characteristic of birds. Apparently, the dinosaur died from this. And he experienced symptoms similar to pneumonia – weight loss, cough, fever and shortness of breath.
Experts noted that the discovery of the infection will allow us to trace the evolution of respiratory diseases in the past.
It is noteworthy that unusual protrusions of the bone structure of the vertebrae were found in the dinosaur. Presumably, they formed as a response of the dinosaur’s body to infection.
It was previously reported that the meteorite that caused the extinction of most dinosaurs fell during the spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Scientists from the University of Manchester analyzed samples from the Tanis site in North Dakota. According to experts, wild animals there died a few hours after the fall of the asteroid on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Most of the fossil remains belonged to fish, including the sturgeon family.
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