What was the mother of all crocodile tears and crocodile shoes during the hyperthermal-driven P-T mass extinction events? Another partly single trackway preserved and this time awkwardly dated by scientists to just over 250 million years ago, just after their Permian-Triassic catastrophe.
” The well-preserved fossilised track, made up of about 10 footprints, was found at an altitude of 2,200-metres in Altopiano della Gardetta, in the province of Cuneo in the western Alps. The traces of front and rear claws, about 30cm in length, date back to about 250m years ago, after the area was rendered inhospitable by the mass extinction at the end of Permian geological period. What is exceptional is the period in which the crocodile was walking in this place, because it was right after the mother of all mass extinctions. “