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Re: Dino Parasites??

Not exactly a parasite, I guess, but Dr. John Mackin of the Grand Isle
Marine Lab, many years ago, had a piece of petrified wood, from Texas I
think, with a petrified termite and the sawdust it generated in its burrow.
I was told that the preservation was so good one could thin section it and
see cells. Things like this sometimes do not even make the literature
because of the person involved not being an entomologist or for other

Ray McAllister, Retired Prof. (Emeritus) of Ocean, mcallist@gate.net
Engineering, Dept of OE, Fla. Atlantic Univ., Boca 
Raton, FL 33064  (954) 426-0808

| From: dis@gj.net
| To: rhengst@purduenc.edu
| Cc: Dinosaur Listserver <dinosaur@usc.edu>
| Subject: Re: Dino Parasites??
| Date: Thursday, April 17, 1997 2:55 PM
| Richard Hengst wrote:
| > 
| > I have been asked to talk a little about my research but with a slant
| > toward parasites (informal, and after dinner).  If anyone out there has
| > information about the paleontology of parasites in general, or more
| > specifically, on parasites and dinosaurs I would appreciate the
| > 
| > Thanks in advance.
| > 
| > Rich
| > 
| > ------------------------------
| > Rich Hengst
| > rhengst@purduenc.edu
| There is a herp parisite that causes a thing in turtles called shell pit 
| desease. These are large pits that form in the bone under a turtle's 
| keratinaceous shell.
| We see this very commonly in our new polacanthid ankylosaurs found with 
| Utahraptor in the Early Cretaceous. It forms in the armor bone. I have 
| alerted paleo pathologist, Dr. Bruce Rothchild of this. It also occurs 
| in other ankylosaurs. Examples include the type of Stegopelta, and the 
| San Diego Mus. Nat. Hist. nodosaur. A very large abcess is present on 
| one of the armored neck rings of the type of the Asian 
| primitive ankylosaurid Shamosaurus. This might be a variant of what we 
| observe in are NA beasts.
| Jim Kirkland