Dinosaur-Era Footprints Found In Angola Cave Include ‘Exceptionally Large’ Mystery Mammal

November 7, 2014 9:18 PM

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Dinosaur-Era Footprints Found In Angola Cave Include ‘Exceptionally Large’ Mystery Mammal

Nearly 70 distinct footprints from several prehistoric dinosaurs, mammals and a crocodile were recently unearthed at a diamond cave in Angola, making them the first tracks of their kind ever found in the African country. The impressions were left around 118 million years ago in sediment near what was once a lake and were probably left at different times, according to paleontologists who presented their findings Wednesday at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's annual meeting in Berlin.

One of the most impressive finds were the tracks of a mammal with five distinct digits that measured about 0.6 inches (1.5 centimeters) long and would have been belonged to an animal about the size of a modern-day raccoon, according to LiveScience. Most early mammals were no larger than rats, making...

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