They discover the fossils of a new species of dwarf dinosaur that inhabited Transylvania

The new species of dinosaur, named “Transylvanosaurus platycephalus” , was about two meters long and walked on two legs.


The territory of present-day Transylvania ( Romania ) in the Cretaceous period .

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 reported this Friday.

This new species of dinosaur has been named “Transylvanosaurus platycephalus” , which means “flat-headed Transylvanian reptile”.

As explained by its discoverers, the “Transylvanosaurus platycephalus” inhabited Hateg Island, located in the disappeared Tethys Sea, within the coordinates of what is now the Romanian region of Hateg,

“This species of dinosaur , unknown until now, was about two meters long, walked on two legs and belonged to the Rhabdodontidae family,” said Felix Augustin, a paleontologist from the University of Tubingen, one of the discoverers of the  ” Transylvanosaurus platycephalus”.

Augustin added that “the body of the new dinosaur was small, as 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 the 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 Geopark,, Bucharest.

(With information from EFE)