Fosile de dinozauri au fost decoperite în zona Hațeg. Se pare că în urmă cu 65 de milioane de ani zona Hațeg a fost parte dintr-o insulă care adăpostea creaturi de peste 80 de tone greutate!
The Telegraph redă un articolul în limba engleză despre aceste desoperiri importante pentru perioada preistorică.
Found: ‘Jurassic Parkette’ – the prehistoric island ruled by dwarf dinosaurs
A prehistoric „lost world” ruled by miniature dinosaurs has been discovered by palaeontologists.
By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
Published: 9:00PM GMT 20 Feb 2010
The creatures lived on an island – a kind of pigmy Jurassic Park – and were up to eight times smaller than some of their mainland cousins.
One of the island-dwelling dinosaurs, named Magyarosaurus, was little bigger than a horse, but was related to some of the largest creatures to ever walk the Earth – gigantic titanosaurs such as Argentinosaurus, which reached up to 100 feet long and weighed around 80 tons.
Another of the dinosaurs was found to be a primitive dwarfed species similar to large duck-billed herbivores like Iguanodon, which could grow to be up to 10 feet long and weighed more than three tons.
Professor Michael Benton, from the University of Bristol, who carried out the research with scientists at the Universities of Bucharest and Bonn, said the dinosaurs seemed to have evolved smaller bodies after becoming marooned there.
He said: „Most of the famous dinosaurs that we know about were living on big landmasses at the end of the Cretaceous period.
„The curious thing about Europe at this time was that it was largely covered by sea and much of Eastern Europe was a sort of archipelago of islands.
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