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other dino-like prints from Italy



Surely not even nearly as astounding as the bird-like tracks published in Nature, but worth a look anyway:

Marco Avanzini (2002)
Dinosauromorph tracks from the Middle Triassic (Anisian) of the Southern Alps (Valle di Non - Italy)
Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana 41 (1): 37-40


Abstract: In Valle di Non (Northern Italy) siltstones of Middle Triassic age (Anisian) yield archosaurian and other reptilian tracks. The ichnofauna includes the ichnogenera Rhynchosauroides, Chirotherium, Brachychirotherium, Isochirotherium and Synaptichnium. Some isolated tracks show a trydactyl footprint that may be related to undetermined nondinosaurian archosaur with a very dinosaur-like pes.

In synthesis the paper reports the find of tracks possibly made by a small bipedal archosaur (Lagosuchus/Marasuchus-like) with a functionally tridactyl pes

For any further info on this paper please contact the author Marco Avanzini
avanzini@mtsn.tn.it

Not related to dinosaurs, but there is another paper in the same issue which concerns a new ichnospecies of Isochirotherium, again from the Anisian of Northern Italy:
M. Avanzini and G. Leonardi (2002)
Isochirotherium inferni ichnosp. n. in the Illyrian (Late Anisian, Middle Triassic) of Adige Valley.
Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana 41 (1): 41-50.
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                                Silvio Renesto
                                a derived cynodont?   ;-)



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