The Dominant Dinosaur of Northeast Italy Appears Not to be the Same as the Rest of Europe

Marzola M., & Dalla Vecchia F.M. (2014). New dinosaur tracks from the Dolomia Principale (Upper Triassic) of the Carnic Prealps (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, NE Italy). Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 53, i-xviii. http://paleoitalia.org/archives/published-online/

New dinosaur tracks from the Dolomia Principale (Upper Triassic) of the Carnic Prealps (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, NE Italy)

In the past 15 years, ten large rocks have been discovered that contain footprints in northeast Italy. Researchers in this study identified these as being from the late Triassic period between 200 and 220 million years ago by studying the rocks in the area. By studying the size and anatomy of these new tracks, scientists attribute these to Anchisauripus, a three-toed dinosaur that walked upon the toes of its two feet. However, these dinosaurs are not the most common European skeletal remains of the period and may have been the dominant trackmakers in the tidal flats of northeast Italy during the period.

Marco Marzola

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