Tuberculosis in the Triassic

Very few infectious diseases leave their traces on your bones. This is a problem for palaeontologists because only bones tend to get fossilised, and soft tissues are vanishing rare in the geological record. Even when these are preserved they're extremely unlikely to reveal signs of any infection the animal might have suffered. Therefore very few... Continue Reading →

‘Zombie’ Worms Fed On Plesiosaur Bones

From mind-controlled ants to zombie worms. Although the 'zombie' tag is a bit misleading as these worms do nothing any more sinister then feed on the dead flesh of whales at the bottom of the ocean. This specialist genus of worms, properly known as Osedax, was first discovered by science in 2002 when a remotely... Continue Reading →

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