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Dinosaurs could get cancer!

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TriceratopsMember200 XPFeb-10-2020 8:59 PM

In hindsight, the subject of this topic makes a lot of sense.

Since non-avian dinosaurs were flesh-and-blood animals like us, it is sound to assume they got many of the same pathologies we humans we did...like cancer.

The first time I ever heard of a dinosaur having cancer was when I watched March of the Dinosaurs, where the older male Edmontosaurus that accompanied the younger one was suffering from a brain tumour, and it caused him to behave erratically.

Now, Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University confirmed that one hadrosaur specimen had an LCH tumour in its tail.  Link here.

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AllosaurusMember4251 XPFeb-11-2020 1:18 AM

Its pretty cool that our understanding about dinosaurs continues to grow



BrachiosaurusMember1447 XPFeb-11-2020 6:41 AM

I would've figured, they were animals. Birds are still....animals.


It's still interesting to think about, how these mighty creatures could also be affected by the evilness of cancer.

i've officially left. thanks for the memories!


TriceratopsMember200 XPFeb-12-2020 10:29 PM

@Flyleaf-Rapt0r, exactly!  Any living creature could technically suffer from the same things we suffer from, to varying degrees.  The only exception I know of is crocodilians being practically immune to bacterial infection because of their blood healing factor concentration is much higher than people's.

That was why I included in my very series, The Tyrant's Roar (check it out, I know it's from 6 years ago, but it's a good one), that the main antagonist suffered a concussion during the final few blows dealt to him by the main protagonist.

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