A THEROPOD (REPTILIA, DINOSAURIA) FOOTPRINT ON A BLOCK OF CRETACEOUS LIMESTONE AT THE PIER OF PORTO CORSINI (RAVENNA, ITALY)

  • FABIO M. DALLA VECCHIA
  • SANDRO VENTURINI
Keywords: Footprint, Theropoda, Dinosauria, Upper Hauterivian, Periadriatic carbonate platforms, Cansiglio Plateau, Northern Italy

Abstract

A tridactyl footprint referable to a theropod dinosaur, found on a limestone block of Late Hauterivian age, is described here. The block was used to build the pier of Porto Corsini (Ravenna, Italy); the site of provenance is located on the southern flank of the Cansiglio Plateau (Pordenone,  Northeastern ltaly) where there are several quarries. This is the first record of a dinosaur footprint in the Cretaceous of Italy and the first indication of Hauterivian dinosaur tracks in the Periadriatic carbonate platforms.
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