By Mark Foss
PCN Staff 

GPDM: First Ever Respiratory Infection Found in a Dinosaur


February 16, 2022

A. Schematic map of the neck of Diplodocus, with the abnormal bone growth denoted in red. B. Neck vertebra of "Dolly" with a red box highlighting the abnormal structure. C. Close up of the red box. D. Abnormal structure in red. Photos by Dr. Cary Woodruff.

In a paper released on Thursday, February 10, Dr. Cary Woodruff, Director of Paleontology at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana, along with other colleagues, reported that they have found the first bird-like respiratory infection in a dinosaur.

The subject of the discovery was a sauropod, or long-necked dinosaur, nicknamed "Dolly". "Dolly" was a herbivore that lived approximately 150 million years ago and was discovered back in 1990 in the Livingston area. The fossil of "Dolly" is currently housed at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.

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