A 118 million-year old dinosaur footprints were found in a diamond mine in Angola according to a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Berlin. Octávio Mateus, Professor of Paleontology at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and mine geologist Vladimir Pervo found the footprints. Aside from the dinosaur footprints, there were footprints of a large mammal and ancient crocodile found in the area. The footprints were found in one of the largest diamond mines in Africa.
Experts are awed with the discovered footprints of three different ancient species because they were on the same location, inside the Catoca gold mine. The Catoca mine is the fourth largest diamond mine in the world with a production of 2.6 million carats of gold in 2001.