A thin layer of fog rolls off the surface of a freshwater lake surrounded by forest. The sun is just beginning to rise over a nearby mountain top, its light just now touching the tops of the trees, amidst which a small creature hunts for an early morning meal. Twenty feet ahead a small lizard rests on top of a downed tree, the small dinosaur locks in on it and approaches with caution, ready to pounce.
Suddenly the ground shakes, Sinosauropteryx freezes in place, waiting for the rumbling to stop. The lizard has not moved from its resting spot. Slowly the small theropod moves forward, but its prey remains motionless. Now only 10 feet away, the tiny hunter stops, curious as to why the its meal has not reacted to the rumbling. A long fuzzy tale, banded with brownish red stripes against creamy white counter shading, pokes out through the top of the foliage, followed shortly by a small inquisitive head.
Slowly moving forward, it tilts its fuzzy little head, trying to find an answer to the puzzle laid out before it; perhaps the lizard is still asleep, or maybe it has yet to warm sufficiently to be aware of its surroundings. Sinosauropteryx cautiously hops up onto the tree, the claws on its feet gripping the bark to aid in balance. Moving closer to its mysteriously motionless food, it pokes the lizard lightly with the tip of its snout, but there is no reaction.
After giving the lizard a good sniff, the dinosaur determines the lizard is dead. Not one to pass up a free meal, Sinosauropteryx grabs the carcass with sharp little teeth and tosses it lightly into the air in an effort to turn it around slightly in order to make eating an easier task. Happily it arches it’s neck and swallows the lizard head first, learning all too late that this would be its last meal. The earth rumbles once more, and the surface of the lake is broken by large bubbles as gas escapes from deep below the ground. The light of the new day’s sun begins to grow dark as little hunter loses it’s bearings and teeters off the log, falling onto it’s side dead, a victim of the same volcanic vapors that had killed its prey.