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RE: Sue, gout and metabolism



Speaking of Sue, what ever happened? Auctioned? Sold? Still in limbo?

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>From:  Royan Webb[SMTP:bandr@globaldialog.com]
>Sent:  Thursday, July 10, 1997 8:20 AM
>To:    dinosaur@usc.edu
>Subject:       Re: Sue, gout and metabolism
>
>Twas on a Wednesday that I first spotted this from Michael
>>>   > Rothschild, B.M., Tanke, D., & Carpenter, K. (1997).  Tyrannosaurs
>>>   > suffered from gout.  Nature, 387, 357.
>>> 
>>>   Maybe, but I suspect the actual cause was renal failure due to the
>>>   many pathologies Sue has on the humerus, skull, and fibula. Sue was
>>>   not a healthy individual at the time of her death.  As was pointed
>>>   out in the article, other non-mammalian occurances of gout are
>>>   known. What was not stated was that these cases are often linked to
>>>   unhealthy kidneys.  Therefore, nothing about the metabolism of Sue's
>>>   prey can be inferred from the presence of gout.
>>> 
>>>   Kenneth Carpenter
>>> 
>>Gout is not a routine complication of kidney failure in mammals.  
>>However, birds and reptiles excrete nitrogen as uric acid which is 
>>the crystal responsible for gout.  Is gout a complication of renal 
>>failure in birds and reptiles?
>
>>Michael Teuton
>
>"Gout in birds is associated with the kidney's inability to remove nitrogen
>waste products from the bloodstream. As a result, uric acid accumulates and
>begins to abnormally collect in different sites within the body."
>
>p 207 "The Complete Bird Owner's Handbook" bye Gary A Gallerstein, DVM
>
>So .. yes. And the joint type is quite common in budgies (who seldom eat red
>meat)
>
>Royan
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>And the budgie says -
>If you order extra cheese on a pizza do you really get it?
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