Exceptional soft-tissue preservation in a theropod dinosaur from Italy

@article{Sasso1998ExceptionalSP,
  title={Exceptional soft-tissue preservation in a theropod dinosaur from Italy},
  author={Cristiano Dal Sasso and Marco Signore},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1998},
  volume={392},
  pages={383-387}
}
The Lower Cretaceous Pietraroia Plattenkalk (Benevento Province, southern Italy) has been known since the eighteenth century for its beautifully preserved fossil fishes. During Albian time (about 113 Myr ago), deposition of fine marly limestone in a shallow lagoonal environment, affected by cyclic periods of low oxygen levels, led to exceptional preservation of soft tissue in a juvenile theropod. The specimen, diagnosed here as Scipionyx samniticus gen. et sp. nov., is the first dinosaur ever… CONTINUE READING

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