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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
For any further info on this paper please contact the author Marco Avanzini
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.
All the best,
a derived cynodont? ;-)
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