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A rare, ancient case of bone cancer has been found in a turtle ancestor – Worldlingnews

A rare, ancient case of bone cancer has been found in a turtle ancestor – Worldlingnews

A 240-million-year-old fossil is the oldest known example of this disease in amniotes

A 240-million-year-old case of bone cancer has turned up in a fossil of an extinct ancestor of turtles.

“When we saw that this was not a break or an infection, we started looking at other growth-causing diseases,” says Yara Haridy, a paleontologist at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin.

Periosteal osteosarcoma, a malignant bone tumor.

“It looks almost exactly like human periosteal osteosarcoma,” Haridy says.

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