Pietraroja Geopaleontological Park
|Ciro & Co.||The photographic archives|
had had some doubts about what happened about one hundred and ten million years ago and
about the formation and the vicissitudes of Pietraroja lagoon, undoubtedly, the tour of
the exhibition room would dispel the slightest shade.
It is not easy to explain the sensation one can feel being at a short distance from a young dinosaur, nearly to caress it. It is not easy to understand the message that nature handed down to us in one hundred and ten million years.
In the room are exhibited the original finds of the most important fossils of Pietraroja lagoon: fishes, reptiles, shellfish, amphibians, invertebrates and some vegetable, all belonging to the Middle Cretaceous and which are extinct now.
The good state of the fossils allows not only to individualize the features and the peculiarities of the species to which organisms belonged, but also the particular environmental and geological conditions which allowed the very good state of the organisms we can admire today.
Every fossil specimen exposed is followed by both an explanatory reconstruction of the appearance it might have when it lived and by an explanatory note of the most important peculiarities.
The most interesting find is certainly constituted by the flesh-eating dinosaur "Scipionix Samniticus" and theres also a model and a panel that shows the fleshy parts we can see in the fossil specimen.
The animal lies on the left side, the skull is joined to the skeleton and whereas the front legs are well visible and kept, the hind ones are lacking in some parts.
The paw shows three claws. Pieces of the mark of skin and of the digestive tract are visible. According to the palaeontologist, Mr. Marco Signore, this animal might have been a very young specimen of small predators, the biggest specimen of which was hardly higher than one metre.
It was a predator of little lizards or frogs and had life habits similar to the present wild cats one.
In addition to every description or systematic classification of the animal, which have surely a great scientific importance, anyway it is worth pointing out that the find of a terrestrial fossil challenges the theory of the "carbonatic shelf like Bahamas", since linking the find Pietraroja to the moulds and trials of dinosaurs of Altamura and Venezia Giulia, it is no more possible imagine Italy during the Cretaceous like a whole of islets because the moulds and the trials left are proofs of the passage of the animals, large-sized too, on those deposits.
|A dinosaur to Pietraroja
The exhibition will be open till 31/12/2001
|Derasmosaurus pietraroja||Celtedens megacephalus||Diplomistus brevissimus De Blainville|
|Diplomistus brevissimus De Blainville||Coelodus costai-Heckel||Coelodus costai-Heckel|
|Natagogus petlandi-Agassiz||Lepidotus sp.||Lepidotus minor-Agassiz|
|Hemielopis gibus-Kramberger||Coccodrillo||Impronta in loco degradata|
|Impronta in loco degradata||Scipionix Samniticus detto "Ciro"||Antenato Gambero|
|Antenato di Salamandra||Ammonite||Antenato Gambero (ricostruito)|
|Ricostruzione di "Ciro" tratto da La Repubblica on line|
Con il contributo dell'Ordine dei Geologi della Campania
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