Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 99, Issue 8, pp 671–672 | Cite as

Deep-diving dinosaurs

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Ichthyosaurus Deep diving Dysbaric bone necrosis Decompression illness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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