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 over 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 today the Romanian region of Hateg, where scientists found the bones of a specimen. of the species.

“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 at the University of Tubingen, one of the discoverers of “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 discovery of the bones occurred in the perimeter of the UNESCO Hateg International Geopark, which can be visited and is located about eight hours by road or train from the Romanian capital, Bucharest.