, Volume 99, Issue 8, pp 671–672

Deep-diving dinosaurs

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DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0937-x

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Hayman, J. Naturwissenschaften (2012) 99: 671. doi:10.1007/s00114-012-0937-x


Dysbaric bone necrosis demonstrated in ichthyosaurs may be the result of prolonged deep diving rather than rapid ascent to escape predators. The bone lesions show structural and anatomical similarity to those that may occur in human divers and in the deep diving sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus.


IchthyosaurusDeep divingDysbaric bone necrosisDecompression illness

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  1. 1.Department of PathologyThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia