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Researchers Discover Cancer in Dinosaur Fossil

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Photo: Danielle Dufault, Royal Ontario Museum

Researchers in Canada have just announced the identification of a malignant tumor on a dinosaur fossil, marking the first time cancer has ever been detected in one of the prehistoric beasts. The researchers say this not only stands as the first-ever case of dino cancer, but also helps to illuminate the underlying biology of cancer and disease in general.

Gizmodo reported on the finding, which was outlined in a paper recently published in The Lancet Oncology. The impetus for the study occurred when a pair of the study’s authors discussed cancer ...