An international team of researchers has discovered a new species of dwarf dinosaur that inhabited the territory of present-day Transylvania (Romania) in the Cretaceous period, more than 70 million years ago.local media report today.
This new species of dinosaurs has been baptized as “Transylvanosaurus platycephalus”meaning “flat-headed Transylvanian reptile”.
As explained by its discoverers, the “Transylvanosaurus platycephalus” inhabited the Hateg Island, located in the disappeared Tethys Seawithin the coordinates of what is today is the Romanian region of Hateg, where scientists found the bones of a specimen of the species.
“This species of dinosaur, hitherto unknown, had about two meters long, walked on two legs and belonged to the family of Rhabdodontidae“, declared the paleontologist at the University of Tubingen Felix Augustinone of the discoverers of “Transylvanosaurus platycephalus”.
The dinosaur skull bones provide insight into the Cretaceous fauna. (Photo: University of Tubingen)
Augustin added that “the body of the new dinosaur was made of small dimensionsas is the case with other dinosaurs discovered” in this same area of western Romania. This type of dinosaur, added the expert, is known as “dwarf dinosaurs”.
“The limited food resources available in this part of Europe at that time led to the shrinking of the body of these animals,” Augustin added about why these species were smaller than other dinosaurs.
The discovery of the bones occurred in the perimeter of the UNESCO Hateg International Geoparkwhich can be visited and is located about eight hours by road or train from the capital of Romania, Bucharest.