A group of Italian and Swish scientists consisting of geologists and paleontologists recently discovered a footprint of a large prehistoric reptile at an altitude of 2,200 meters above in the Altopaino Della Gardetta in Peidmont Region. The findings were published on the Peer J journal.
The Altopiano della Gardetta, Cuneo, Piedmont
The discovery was a ground breaking one as the unearthed footprints dated back to a few million years after the Permian-Triassic extinction event. 
The team even reconstructed the body of the creature which they suspected to have lived along an ancient coastline.
Once a seabed, the muddy soil upon which the footprint was embedded has risen overtime to form the Alp’s rocky backbone. The creature was classified as Isochirotherium gardettensis, named after the discovery zone. 
The once submerged Alps are believed to be a coral reef in the past now hiding many fossils below.
The reptile’s footprints