14 November 1997
Vol 278, Issue 5341

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The small (1 meter) Cretaceous theropod dinosaur Sinosauropteryx from Liaoning Province, China. Extraordinary preservation includes remnants of the abdominal region as well as an eye and curious filamentous structures along the back and tail. The shape of the abdominal cavity is consistent with diaphragm-assisted lung ventilation in theropod dinosaurs. See 1267 and the related News story on 1229a. [Photo: Courtesy of Donald L. Wolberg, project director, The Academy of Natural Sciences; photographer, David Bubier]