Dr. Sassoon with dinosaur jaw

dinosaur jaw shows signs of arthritis

Dr Judyth Sassoon a scientist at the University of Bristol with the lower jaw of the Westbury pliosaur. See ‘SWDINO’ for story.
A new study by scientists at the university has found signs of a degenerative condition similar to human arthritis in the jaw of a pliosaur, an ancient sea reptile that lived 150 million years ago. The 8 metre long pliosaur was a terrifying creature with a large, crocodile-like head, a short neck, whale-like body and four powerful flippers to propel it through water in pursuit of prey. With its huge jaws and 20 cm long teeth, it would have been capable of ripping most other marine reptiles or dinosaurs to pieces, but this particular individual was the unfortunate victim of an arthritis-like disease.

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