Dinosaurs are great layers of human imagination, towering over the tops of trees, knocking down prey and reigning over ancient land, sea and sky.
However, in real life, things were not always as impressive. Paper published last week in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B by Les Hearn retired science teacher, and by Amanda Williams the fairy tales of hundreds of dinosaur injuries. Paleontologists can determine if dinosaurs were injured during their lives by analyzing petrified bones and other evidence, and find a tyrannosaurus with a rival tooth embedded in the jaw, unusually spaced tracks, left ornithopods, and many other injuries; with ulcers. .
They also raise the question: If a torn dinosaur came into the Veterinary Office today, what could happen next?
Ben Voice working veterinarian and doctor of sciences. Candidate of Wildlife Ecology at Colorado State University, took a break from caring for fuzzy and feathered friends today to consider how he would treat some damaged dinosaurs if brought to his clinic.
He said at the beginning that many dinosaurs appearing in their practice could pose logistical problems: "We may have to make the door a little bigger."
Yet, he said, people in his profession train "the diversity that life throws at us," and the injuries detailed in this last article are not too far from those he used to treat other types.
By they became the most complete tyrannosaur rex ever found, Sue T Rex had an exciting time on Earth – leading to several broken bones on the right side, and also a number of other injuries.
"If a big dog was hit by a car, we could see the same kind of presentation," said Dr. Voice.
H e is recommended to temporarily disable the injured right hand, transforming her body. "We will need a large amount of veterinary care. wrapping, "he said.
And they might need an electronic collar the size of a dino or a" shame cone. "
One ornithopod managed to get by despite a damaged toe pad. His fossilized footprints showed lameness, causing paleontologists to diagnose the injury.
Dr. The voice suggested a ball bandage, a thick wad of gauze that an animal could grasp on itself and then wrap around the foot. It is often used to treat birds suffering from claws. "It takes some pressure on the painful area," he said, allowing her to heal.
At the extremity
Next, Dr. Voice examined the case of dilofosaurus – the skull, or the same dinosaur order as T. Rex – which holds the current record for most injuries found on one front: eight, ranging from shoulder fractures to abscesses on the arm.
"It would be reasonable to think that these injuries are the Voice Experience.
Such a complex set of scrapers requires a combination of stabilization and antibiotics, as well as the muzzle, often needed when animals are hurting and want to protect their limbs. He said. , an amputation may be the best answer, after which "we would have to find a dilofosaurus rescue center" so that the animal survives its days. ] Dr. Voice at he started an eight-band bandage to keep his forearms and a "rigid cage rest."
Although this dinosaur would not have a bandage, it seems he managed the second part of his treatment plan on his own: When she died probably from a landslide or other accident, she was at a nesting place, withstanding egg laying, and her fracture was healed mostly.
Not all the fun and games
Then there is the tyrannosaur whose opponent has broken a tooth inside the jaw .
The bite in the face is bad enough – when the tooth remains in the wound, things get more scary. "Teeth are needles that inject tons of coarse bacteria into the mouth," said Dr. Voice.
“An embedded tooth can quickly become an abscess, which can make eating food painful. After its removal, we would like to provide a healthy diet for recovery, "he said.
It may also require a feeding tube. Both seem humbling prospects for bone-crunching meat, though perhaps
His own lunch break, Dr. Voice returned to patients in real life, with a new assessment of what he would have to deal with the days before domestication .-