Monday, January 23, 2012

Fossilized Cancer Tumor

This fossil of a sauropod bone contains an elliptical shaped agate mass thought to be fossilized cancer tumor. Ouch, that looked painful! The picture was taken at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The accession number of the specimen is CM 72656 (Dinosauria indet.)

Learn more about cancers found in hadrosaurs at the Indiana public media site of A Moment of Science December 16, 2009 podcast about dinosaur cancer: CLICK HERE

Statue of Diplodocus sauropod outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.