Dinosaurs: Research team identifies new species in Transylvania

Ein an international research team in western Romania a new species of dinosaur identified. The species, named after the place where it was found in Transylvania, lived about 70 million years ago and was a herbivore, as the University of Tübingen reported on Thursday. The previously unknown dwarf dinosaur was about two meters long, walked on two legs and belonged to the group of so-called rhabdodontids.

In Transylvania these animals, like other dinosaurs there, only reached a small body size. Presumably, a limited supply of food in Europe at that time led to an adapted stature, as the researchers suspect.

Europa was a tropical archipelago during the Cretaceous Period, which began 145 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago. The Transylvanosaurus platycephalus lived on one of the many islands together with other miniature dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles and giant pterosaurs, whose wings span up to ten meters.

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In addition to the Tübingen paleontologist Felix Augustin, scientists from the universities of Bucharest and Zurich were also involved in the study. For the Cretaceous period, the Hateg Basin in Transylvania is one of the most important sites in Europe. A total of ten dinosaur species have already been identified there.

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