Cynognathus with back problems

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Cynognathus with back problems

Spondarthritis is a form of arthritis that can develop as a result of a chemical imbalance in the bloodstream, causing sharp pains to occur in the joints. A recent study shows that a basal form of Cynognathus, developed spondarthritis in its vertebral column, which may have been an indirect factor leading to a premature death. This is the oldest-known evidence of spondarthritis; previously a Jurassic Camarasaurus was the recordholder for the earliest known victim of spondarthritis.

Cisneros, J.C., U.G. Cabral, F. de Beer, R. Damiani, & D.C. Fortier. (2010). Spondarthritis in the Triassic. PLoS ONE. 5(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013425

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