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Tetrapod tracks from the Middle Triassic of NW Sardinia (Nurra region, Italy)

Paolo Citton, Ausonio Ronchi, Umberto Nicosia, Eva Sacchi, Simone Maganuco, Angelo Cipriani, Giulia Innamorati, Costantino Zuccari, Fabio Manucci and Marco Romano
Tetrapod tracks from the Middle Triassic of NW Sardinia (Nurra region, Italy)
Italian Journal of Geosciences (June 2020) 139 (2): 309-320


We report here on the first tetrapod tracks from the Triassic of the Nurra region (north-western Sardinia, Italy). The specimens were found on sandstone blocks used to build a fence limiting a seasonal camping, in the coastal area north of Capo Caccia promontory. Lithologic and petrographic features allowed an assignment of the track-bearing blocks to the middle-upper portion of the Anisian (Middle Triassic) Arenarie di Cala Viola ("Buntsandstein"). Footprints are attributed to the ichnotaxa Rhynchosauroides and Rotodactylus, two common ichnotaxa of late Early Triassic and Middle Triassic ichnofaunas of Europe and United States, commonly referred in the literature to neodiapsid and archosaur producers, respectively.

ISSN: 2038-1719
EISSN: 2038-1727
Serial Title: Italian Journal of Geosciences
Serial Volume: 139
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Tetrapod tracks from the Middle Triassic of NW Sardinia (Nurra region, Italy)
Affiliation: Instituto de Investigacion en Paleobiologia y Geologialpha ., Rio Negro, Argentina
Pages: 309-320
Published: 202006
Text Language: English
Publisher: Societa Geologica Italiana, Rome, Italy
References: 85
Accession Number: 2020-072352
Categories: StratigraphyVertebrate paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. strat. cols.
N38°49'60" - N41°30'00", E08°15'00" - E09°45'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Universita di Pavia, ITA, ItalyUniversita di Roma, ITA, ItalyMuseu di Storia Naturale di Milano, ITA, ItalyUniversita di Bologna, ITA, ItalyAssociazione Paleontologica Paleoartistica Italiana, ITA, Italy
Country of Publication: Italy
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2020, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Societa Geologica Italiana. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 2020
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