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#1 Ps2Huang

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Posted 01 May 2005 - 12:01 AM

There is a man who is 34 years living somehwere in Russia. Because of a surgery that his bones never stops growing. Does that mean his bones do not fossilize?

#2 MortenS

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 02:26 PM

Bones can only fossilize after death. Do not take claims that something grows forever literally. It is possible to have diseases with abnormal bone growth, where bones grow more than usual, leading to deformities. The bone growth will stop at death in any case, because no cells can grow without nutrients.

So, yes, his bones may fossilize, if he should die, and the bones be preserved in such a manner as to favorize fossilization.

Getting fossilized is an event that is very improbable (but not impossible), so most likely most of us will not leave any fossil traces behind, but be recycled to the ecosystem in some way.

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Posted 02 May 2005 - 05:20 PM

Bones can only fossilize after death. Do not take claims that something grows forever literally. It is possible to have diseases with abnormal bone growth, where bones grow more than usual, leading to deformities. The bone growth will stop at death in any case, because no cells can grow without nutrients.

So, yes, his bones may fossilize, if he should die, and the bones be preserved in such a manner as to favorize fossilization.

Getting fossilized is an event that is very improbable (but not impossible), so most likely most of us will not leave any fossil traces behind, but be recycled to the ecosystem in some way.

I meant because his bone-plates never got sealed up, so is that a why he continues to grow?

#4 MortenS

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 12:42 AM

Sorry I misunderstood you..I usually think of fossilization as something that happens after death :)

I do not know the exact case you are referring to, but there are two disorders I know of that cause indeterminate growth: gigantism and acromegaly.

Both disorders are usually caused by endocrine disorders, leading to chronic exposure of growth hormone (GH).

Before the epiphyses closes, chronic exposure to GH will lead to gigantism, where proportions of the body is retained, and the person grows in height.

After the closure of epiphyses, continued chronic exposure to GH will lead to bones growing outwards, causing acromegalic gigantism

If the start of the chronic exposure to GH occurs after the closure of the epiphyses, only acromegaly will occur.

If the epiphyses do not close, I suspect that only gigantism will be the result.

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Posted 03 May 2005 - 03:29 PM

I can't wait 'till I'm old and know all sorts of stuff :) .

#6 Damo2600

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 12:11 PM

This is not a strange claim. It is a strange question.

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 12:34 PM

it's not even a strange question. it's just a question. :xx: