Data from: Tuberculosis-like respiratory infection in 245-million-year-old marine reptile suggested by bone pathologies

Dawid Surmik, Tomasz Szczygielski, Katarzyna Janiszewska & Bruce M. Rothschild
An absence of archaeological and palaeontological evidence of pneumonia in the remote past contrasts with its recognition in the more recent archaeologic record. We document an apparent infection-mediated periosteal reaction affecting the dorsal ribs in a Middle Triassic eosauropterygian historically referred to as ‘Proneusticosaurus’ silesiacus. High-resolution X-ray microtomography (XMT) and histological studies of the pathologically-altered ribs revealed the presence of a continuous solid periosteal reaction with multiple superficial blebs (protrusions) on the visceral surfaces of...
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