Healed bite wounds found on ichthyosaur fossil

Published on May 4th, 2011 | by Admin

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Healed bite wounds have been found on the fossilized remains of an ichthyosaur who lived 120 million years ago.

The surprising discovery of well preserved bite marks on the bones of the ichthyosaur’s lower jaw were made during painstaking cleaning and reassembly of its skeleton in the laboratory. Evidence of advanced healing indicates that the animal survived the attack and lived on for some time afterwards.

“Pathological traces on ancient fossilised bones and teeth give unique insights into the lives and social behaviours of extinct animals” says Benjamin Kear, one of the authors of the study and an Assistant Professor with the Palaeobiology Programme at Uppsala University. “Such finds have also rarely been reported in ichthyosaurs before”.

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Story: Science Blog | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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