A 7.3 meter predatory dinosaur that lived over 70 million years ago will go on show in the
Scientists exhibiting at the
Visitors to the Summer Science Exhibition will be able to play dinosaur CSI, piecing together the life of what seems to have been a very accident-prone Gorgosaurus. Visitors will also be able to take a #dinoselfie with the gruesome creature to share on social media. The dinosaur appears to have survived a brain tumour, broken fibula and a growth inside one of its legs, among other injuries.
Diagnosis of such fossils used to rely on the grizzly inspection of gnarled bones and healed fractures, often entailing slicing through a fossil to reveal its cloying secrets. But the synchrotron-based imaging, which uses light brighter than 10 billion Suns, means the team could tease out the chemical ghosts lurking within the preserved dinosaur bones.
Professor Manning says:
"What's really interesting is that this massive beast seems to have shrugged-off injuries and diseases that would have proved fatal to humans if not treated. She just kept going. Our team is trying to understand the chemistry that initiated the healing of bones in this Gorgosaurus using a suite of imaging techniques. If we can work out the processes that regulated the healing and repair of injuries in a 70 million year old dinosaur, perhaps we can apply that to 21st Century knowledge to help diagnose, treat and heal humans."
The fossil of this particular dinosaur was discovered in
The X-Appeal exhibit is made up of five interactive station where visitors will be able to see CT scans of different size skulls, compare a real dinosaur bone with a reconstructed bone and weigh their volume against a dinosaur's, among other things.
The exhibition runs from 1-6 July at the
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