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palaeo-electronica.org Elongated theropod tracks from the Cretaceous Apenninic Carbonate Platform of southern Latium (central Italy)

By Palaeontologia Electronica, Paolo Citton, Umberto Nicosia, Iacopo Nicolosi, Roberto Carluccio and Marco Romano

Abstract

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 high-light the great potential of ichnological evidence in the study of the biology and behaviour of extinct tetrapods

Topics: theropod footprints, metatarsal traces, crouching posture, Italy, photogrammetry
Year: 2015
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