by Editorial Staff
A new Lower Cretaceous (lower Aptian) dinosaur tracksite, from the eastern side of Monte Cagno have been discovered recently in Abruzzo, Italy. Different styles of track formation are represented on the site surface. Most of the footprints are preserved as deep tracks, produced by trackmakers sinking into soft mud. Some tracks, better preserved than the others, are characterized by metatarsal impressions and were interpreted as the resting traces of a crouching theropod (based on their orientation and three- dimensional morphology).
The 135 cm length of the track with metatarsal impressions indicates huge pedal proportions and represents the largest theropod trackmaker ever documented from the Mesozoic peri-Adriatic platforms of Italy. The discovery was made by a group of scholars of the Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and “La Sapienza” University of Rome. The results of the study were published on the scientific journal Cretaceous Research (Elsevier).