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Elongated theropod tracks from Cretaceous of Italy (free pdf)



Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


A new paper in open access:



Paolo Citton, Umberto Nicosia, Iacopo Nicolosi, Roberto Carluccio, and
Marco Romano (2015)
Elongated theropod tracks from the Cretaceous Apenninic Carbonate
Platform of southern Latium (central Italy).
Palaeontologia Electronica 18.3.49A: 1-12
http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2015/1340-elongated-theropod-tracks

New dinosaur footprints were recently discovered in southern Latium
(Italy). The tracks all appear slightly differently preserved and are
characterized by elongated metatarsal impressions, recording the
complex locomotor behaviour of a medium-sized theropod. The spatial
distribution and the features of the footprints indicate that the
trackmaker adopted a "crouched" position as part of an activity as
well as a resting phase suggested by sub-parallel, calcigrade tracks.
These new data once again highlight the great potential of
ichnological evidence in the study of the biology and behaviour of
extinct tetrapods.