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A lizard-like animal that lived 289 million years ago suffered from a bone condition similar to modern-day affliction, Paget's disease.
That's according to a brand study by researchers at Berlin's Natural History Museum who claim to have found the most ancient known case of the illness.
Animal - Question - Group - Lizard-like - Creatures
The animal in question belonged to an extinct group of lizard-like creatures called varanopids, relatives of the earliest ancestors of mammals or reptiles.
Authors identified the disease in an isolated pair of tail vertebrae discovered in an Early Permian cave at Richards Spur, Oklahoma.
Scanning - Examination - Structure - Elements - Places
Micro-CT scanning allowed examination of both the external and internal structure of the elements, revealing that in some places the bone had been thinned by abnormally high levels of reabsorption, while in other areas excessive bone growth had resulted in abnormal bone thickening and the ultimate fusion of the two vertebrae.
According to the researchers, this condition is most similar to Paget's disease, a bone metabolic disorder marked by a breakdown in communication between bone building cells and bone destroying cells.
Paget - Disease - Today - Hips - Vertebrae
Paget's disease is commonly seen today in the hips and vertebrae of humans and has been diagnosed in other living mammals and reptiles as well...
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