An illustration of the titanosaur with open wounds caused by parasites
Some of the oldest signs of bone disease may have been caused by tiny 83-million-year-old parasites that infected a titanosaur and are among the largest land animals to have ever lived. This is the first parasite discovery in a dinosaur bone.
“It’s a new type of parasite,” says Aline Ghilardi of the Rio Grande do Norte Federal University in Brazil. “We have nothing like it.”
This fossilized parasite was seen in a specimen of a dwarf titanosaur, a species first found in a …