- Title: ITALY: REMAINS OF WORLD'S BEST PRESERVED BABY DINOSAUR GO ON DISPLAY IN MILAN
- Date: 26th March 1998
- Summary: MILAN, ITALY (MARCH 26, 1998)(RTV-ACCESS ALL) 1. LV'S EXTERIOR OF NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM MUSEUM/PEOPLE OUTSIDE MUSEUM (2 SHOTS) 0.09 2. PAN UP INTERIOR OF MUSEUM WITH VIEW OF SKELETON 0.17 3. VARIOUS DINOSAUR/ VIEW OF DINASAUR INTESTINES (4 SHOTS) 0.53 4. SV CRISTIANO DAL SASSO OF THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY SAYING "THIS IS THE FIRST DINOASAUR IN WORLD WHICH, PRESERVED WITH THE SKELETON, IS ALSO SOFT TISSUE AND COMPLETE ORGANS. IN THE ABDOMINAL REGION IN PARTICULAR WE CAN SEE THE COMPLETE INTESTINE WHICH IS VERY INTERESTING FOR US BECAUSE IT LIKE A BIRD RATHER THAN A REPTILE (ENGLISH) 1.25 5. SCU/CU DINOSAUR PICTURE SHOWING WHAT DINOSAUR WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE (4 SHOTS) 1.43 6. MODEL OF BABY DINOSAUR CONSTRUCTED USING FOSSIL INFORMATION, VARIOUS VIEWS SHOWING HEAD AND LEGS (4 SHOTS) 2.08 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MILAN, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:02:08
- Story Text: The remains of the world's best preserved baby dinosaur have gone on public display in Italy.
Scientists have been given a unique inside view of a baby dinosaur that lived 113 million years ago and on Thursday (March 26) the Italian public were able to have a look for themselves.
It is the first discovery of its kind in Italy and a new species for scientific world.The dinosaur is nicknamed Ciro.Its official name is Scipionyx Samniticus.
The animal's remains were discovered in limestone in the Benevento province of Southern Italy by an amateur who thought he had found a fossilised bird.
Scipionyx is believed to be a distant relation to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.Experts believe the animal would have been little more than a hatchling when it died.
In adult life it would have been a carnivore, stood on two legs and had front limbs with three claws.
Doctor Cristiano Dal Sasso of the Milan natural history musuem explained that the dinosaur is the first in world to be preserved with soft tissue, complete organs as well as the more usual skeletal remains.
Doctor Marco Signore of the Frederico 11 university added that Ciro may be able to mark a position in the history of dinosaurs and put their lineage before the arrival of birds.
Ciro's length has been calculated to be approximately two feet long, although the exact length will never be known as the end of its tail and parts of its hind legs are missing.
Experts believe he lay where he died on the floor of the lagoon and a change in oxygen levels along with the fact his body was covered by mud, meant that decomposition stopped.
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