Researchers have uncovered dinosaur tracks in rural Abruzzo, which reveal that Italy’s largest documented dinosaur once roamed the central region.

The footprints are between 125 and 113 million years old, and were discovered by a team from Italy’s National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (Ingv).
Researchers used techniques inspired by 1993 film Jurassic Park to analyse the prints, and believe they could be helpful in shedding new light on the habits and behaviour of the dinosaurs that once lived in Italy.
The beasts that left the tracks belonged to the theropod group; biped, mainly carnivore dinosaurs which included the Tyrannosaurus.
Some of the prints were left due to dinosaurs’ feet sinking into the muddy ground, while one is thought to have been left by a crouching animal. One footprint, 135cm in length, is the largest which has ever been found in Italy.
The tracks are located at a height of over 1,900 metres on an almost vertical limestone surface on the side of Monte Cagno in the L’Aquila region.

The prints are only reachable during the summer and autumn months.

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