Scipionyx was a carnivore (meat-eater) dinosaur that lived in
about 113 million years. It is known from a single
animal that was found about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of what is today
the city of Naples.
The fossil juvenile Scipionyx
is just a few inches long, so there a number of uncertainties about the animal. These include
its exact scientific classification, and how big adults are - although they have been estimated
to have probably been about 6 feet (1.8 meters) long.
The fossil of Scipionyx is
however very important, because it is one of very few
fossils that contains
preserved internal organs (it is believed that these were preserved because the animal died
fell into and died in an oxygen-poor lagoon). These internal organs include muscles, liver, intestines
and parts of the animal's windpipe.
"Scipionyx" means "Scipio's claw". It is named after Scipione Breislak, the Italian geologist who write the first description of the formation where the fossil was subsequently found.
Scipionyx was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Scipionyx was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Scipionyx was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Scipionyx was not itself an ancestor of birds).
The fourth volume in a series of six comic-book adventures that bring the dinosaurs back to life.
Growing Up in the Cretaceous, the fourth title in Abbeville's Dinosaurs series, begins with the hatching of the eggs in a family of Scipionyx, small carnivores living in the early Cretaceous period, 113 million years ago, in what is now Italy. The story follows one of the hatchlings as, with the help of his parents, he learns to survive amidst larger dinosaurs, like the duck-billed hadrosaurs and the fish-eating Baryonyx. The essays following the comic investigate the behavior of dinosaurs.
In Abbeville's Dinosaurs series, a talented artist and a noted paleontologist have teamed up to re-create the vanished world of the dinosaurs in comic-book form. Each volume in the series tells the action-packed yet scientifically accurate story of a different dinosaur living in its particular time and place. At the back of each volume, meanwhile, are several short essays, abundantly illustrated with original drawings and photographs of fossils, that explain more about the creatures and settings encountered in the comic.
Product Description: Learn about the life and times of the Scipionyx through incredible illustrations of its habitat, feeding habits, mating, and more. Get inside Scipionyxwith an in-depth diagram of its skeleton. Get ready to Meet Scipionyx!
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