The angular distribution of upward-going muons produced by atmospheric neut
rinos in the rock below the MACRO detector shows anomalies in good agreemen
t with two flavor nu (mu) --> nu (tau) oscillations with maximum mixing and
Deltam(2) around 0.0024 eV(2). Exploiting the dependence of magnitude of t
he matter effect on oscillation channel, and using a set of 809 upward-goin
g muons observed in MACRO, we show that the two flavor nu (mu) --> nu (s) o
scillation is disfavored with 99% C.L. with respect to nu (mu) --> nu (tau)
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