Loch Ness Monster Arthritis: Ancient Creature Pliosaur Had Arthritis

By on May 16, 2012 in Animals, Archaelogy, Science Comments
Loch Ness Monster Pliosaur
The old female pliosaur
with researcher Judyth Sassoon

Image Credit: Simon Powell / MSNBC

Ancient creatures similar to Loch Ness monsters apparently had an arthritis in their monster jaws, several science news sites reported on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

According to reports, scientists reached the conclusion while examining the fossil of a pliosaur, an extinct marine reptile.

During the investigation, scientists noticed that the pliosaur had signs of a degenerative condition similar to human arthritis.

“The most exciting aspect of this research for me is the arthritic condition, which has never been seen before in these or similar Mesozoic reptiles,” researcher Judyth Sassoon at the University of Bristol was quoted as saying by LiveScience.

“In the same way that aging humans develop arthritic hips, this old lady developed an arthritic jaw and survived with her disability for some time. But an unhealed fracture on the jaw indicates that at some time the jaw weakened and eventually broke. With a broken jaw, the pliosaur would not have been able to feed, and that final accident probably led to her demise,” Sassoon reportedly said.

The details of these findings were published on the online journal Palaeontology, reports said.

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