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At the base of Monte Pelmo, altitude 2050 m / 6725 ft, is a huge, timeworn boulder which, in its time, had broken off from the south-western face of the Pelmetto. On its surface, one can make out the footprints of at least three dinosaurs that used to walk on the foreshore of those days, about 220 million years ago.
The landscape of the Dolomites must have then resembled the Bahamas of today, the sea slowly covering the land at high tide and, at low tide, revealing extended swamps where, in that period, herbivorous dinosaurs looking for algae to eat were hunted by the carnivorous dinosaurs which would ultimately prevail over the earth.
The dinosaurs walking on those beaches, which millions of years later became the massif of Monte Pelmo, belong to the Superior Triassic period, when dinosaurs firstly appeared on earth, and they can be considered the forefathers of the imposing and terrible Jurassic Carnosauria.
The discovery of the footprints of the Pelmetto has accordingly been of considerable significance and interest to the international scientific community, especially seeing that no further evidence has been found in Italy itself, even though a similar discovery was made later in the Swiss Alps.
The range of the Dolomites continues to be a subject for study, and the various historical and geological findings never cease to provide us with wonderful surprises.
The itinerary: from Passo Staulanza - 4 km from our garni, altitude 1776 m / 5826 ft, car parking – a 1.5 hour walk following the clear signposting will take you to the scree where the large boulder with the footprints lies.
The walk is undemanding with a vertical height difference of 300 m / 984 ft.

At Mondevàl de Sora, altitude 2150 m / 7053 ft in the municipal district of San Vito di Cadore, a very well preserved Mesolithic buria sitel was found in 1987.
Sheltered below a huge rock, the high altitude Mesolithic site, which has been explored and studied since 1985, unexpectedly revealed an intact skeleton of a Stone Age hunter dating back 7000 years.
The finding has been of worldwide scientific importance, both in view of the perfect state of preservation of the organic remains and, in particular, of the high altitude of a site of that age.
The burial and the funerary equipment are now in the Museo Civico di Selva di Cadore (tel. 0437-521068), 15 km from our garni.
The itinerary, for those who are interested in visiting the site of the finding: at Passo Staulanza - 4 km from our garni, altitude 1776 m / 5826 ft, car parking – the footpath to the mountain refuge 'Rifugio Città di Fiume' starts. From here the path continues to Mondevàl de Sora, where the Mesolithic burial site was discovered.
A walk of moderate difficulty
Time: about 6 hours, there and back

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