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Dinosaur Footprints Support Theory That Italy Was Attached to Africa

August 24, 2000

The discovery of as many as 60 dinosaur footprints in the "spur" of Italy has added new evidence to the theory that Italy was once attached to the African continent, geologists said Tuesday. The three-toed footprints, some as long as 18 inches, were found in June in a cave near San Giovanni Rotondo, in the southeastern region of Puglia. The footprints were from at least four different types of dinosaurs. The dinosaurs needed huge lands and a lot of water--things they would have found only if what is now Italy was attached to Africa.

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--Compiled by Times medical writer Thomas H. Maugh II

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