An imprint of the largest bidepal dinosaur lived in Italy was discovered in Abruzzo, specifically on Mount Cagno, in the area of L’Aquila city.
This Mount is famous and known by hikers who choose this area for their adventures. It is an interesting mountain overlooking the town of Rocca di Cambio and it is often approched from the western side, that is from Campo Felice; instead, the eastern one is more adventurous and it could represents a good training ground for trackling climbing routes.
The imprint of the dinosaur was discovered in that eastern side just in 2006 but the area was so inaccessible that we need to wait for 2015 the arrival of the new technologies of the drones to be able to investigate and be sure of this fingerprint.
And finally we can say without doubts that the finger belongs to a theropod dinosaur, which was part of the family of tyrannosaur! We are speaking about giant animals and infact the print is 135 cm long!
This finger demonstrates the presence in Abruzzo of the biggest 2-legged dinosaur that has ever been documented in Italy to this day.
But why that dinosaur was in Abruzzo? Probably it was walking to look for food and sank into the mud because of the weak consistence of the substrate.
This footimprinting testifies scenarios of repeated migration of dinosaurs from the continent Gondwana ( which joined Africa, South America, Antarctica, India and Australia) to carbonate platforms in the Mediterranean area, that was in prehistoric Edge like the environment of today’s Bahamas.
This discover is studying from INGV and University of Rome, La Sapienza, and they are sure how these steps were possible by changes in sea level, on a global scale processes taking place in a very long time on our Planet.
Imperceptible on a tight time, these changes can produce, locally, emergence of land and establish new links, as well as their failure during a subsequent relative sea level rise. The new footsteps may be particularly valuable for the additional information on the known composition of the Italian dinosauriana fauna, with important repercussions on the ecology and on the routes followed by these Extinct Animals.