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TOYAMA — A Tokyo Gakugei University paleontological team has concluded that Cretaceous period creatures who left a series of footprint fossils — found two years ago in Oyama, Toyama Prefecture — are of a never-before-discovered species. The team said the dinosaur may have belonged to the bird-foot or small animal-foot families.

The team studied 55 fossils, the footprints of which belonged to 33 dinosaurs of the kind. Each footprint fossil measures 5 cm to 8 cm, larger than those left by birds, which are usually 3 cm to 4 cm.

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