Across our seventeen clinics in nine countries across four continents, we here at HIS experience a lot of hair loss and hear a lot of stories of it from our clients who come to us when their confidence levels back them into a corner or they’ve decided it’s time to start with the man in the mirror and make a change.
What we don’t usually encounter with our world-leading Scalp Micropigmentation treatment is a 125-million years old pre-historic rat-sized mammal who suffered from hair loss. Did your jaw just drop? Cat got your tongue? Don’t worry, we know what you’re thinking – that’s crazy right?
New Kid on the Block…
The creature in particular has been given the name Spinolestes xenarthrosus, and was originally unearthed in Las Hoyas Quarry in Central Spain during a study conducted by Dr Zhe-Xi Luo of the University of Chicago. Dr Luo claims that it is stunning to see almost perfectly preserved skin and hair structures fossilised in microscopic detail in such an old fossil. Furthermore, he explains that the cretaceous fur-ball that is the Spinolestes xenarthrosus displays the entire structural diversity of modern mammalian skin and hairs.
Professor Thomas Martin from Germany’s University of Bonn adds that you normally find bones and skeletons but that you never find what they’ve found with the Spinolestes xenarthrosus – which includes the liver, lung, and diaphragm tissues intact as well as fur, spines, and scales. Whilst it was decided between the various studies that the creature was a particularly cute phenomenon, it was defensive too – it had small spiky spines on its lower back and scales similar to an armadillo’s, which would obviously of been rather helpful for fending away predators.
You’re a Fungi
Professor Martin and a team of researchers have concluded that Spinolestes xenarthrosus suffered from a common hair fungal infection that also affects modern mammals. One of the most common fungal infections that is being linked between modern mammals and prehistoric ones is Dermatophytosis – a clinical condition in which fungi feeds on the material found in the outer layer of skin, hair, and nails, also known as keratin, causing a parasitic infection. This link suggests that Spinolestes is the first ever mammal from the Mesozoic era – 252 to 66 million years ago, also known as the Age of Reptiles – to be diagnosed with a skin infection.
Dermatophytosis is most common in household pets such as cats and dogs, but has also appeared in the likes of cattle such as cows and sheep. Treatment for pets requires systemic oral treatment using drugs such as terbinafine, fluconazole, and itraconazole, as well as a topical ‘dip’ therapy. Due to the usually longer hair shifts in pets compared to those of humans, the majority – if not all – of the longer hair must be clipped to decrease the load of fungal spores clinging to the pet’s hair shafts.
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