DECOMPRESSION SYNDROME IN PLESIOSAURS (SAUROPTERYGIA: REPTILIA)

@inproceedings{Rothschild2003DECOMPRESSIONSI,
  title={DECOMPRESSION SYNDROME IN PLESIOSAURS (SAUROPTERYGIA: REPTILIA)},
  author={Bruce M. Rothschild and Glenn W. Storrs},
  year={2003}
}
Abstract Recognition of avascular necrosis through propodial head subsidence in fossils indicates that plesiosaurs were susceptible to decompression syndrome and implies deep, prolonged or repetitive diving behavior for these animals. Contrary to the situation in mosasaurs, plesiosaur vertebrae were not targets of avascular necrosis. This suggests that the anastomosing internal vascularization of plesiosaur vertebral centra was functionally adaptive. No phyletic trend is evident in the… 

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