Nothronychus dinosaur family, artwork
Nothronychus dinosaur family, artwork. This theropod dinosaur, found in what is now North America some 91 million years ago, lived during the Cretaceous. The type specimen is Nothronychus mckinleyi. The Nothronychus dinosaurs evolved from carnivorous ancestors, but were themselves herbivorous. They reached a height of around 3.5 metres, and had long curved claws. Several anatomical features of these theropods resembled those of birds, including a beak-like mouth, and feet with four toes, all facing forward.
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1662 Schott Demons
XXVI "Winged and horned monster resembling Cacus (the giant son of Vulcan), XXVII "Winged and clawed monster with a bird's clawed foot", XXVIII "another winged and horned monster". Copperplate from Gaspar Schott's 'Physica Curiosa, sive mirabilia naturae.' Gaspar Schott was a Jesuit scholar (1608-1666). He worked with Athanasius Kircher in Rome before returning to Germany in 1655 where he was appointed professor of Mathematics at Augsburg. This work may have been inspired by unfinished elements of Kircher's work and draws together a remarkable array of the real and the imagined. These creatures are considered within the same covers as the Rhinoceros and the Pelican. Most of Shott's images relate to images in Gessner, Topsell and other 16th century authors.
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