Hateg dwarf dinosaurs

The Hateg Geopark territory covers an area of 103,400 ha and comprises 78 villages, 11 communes (Baru, Berthelot, Densuș, General Berthelot, Haţeg, Mare, Pui, Răchitova, Râu de Mori, Sălașu de Sus, Sântămăria Orlea, Sarmisegetuza, Toteşti) and 1 larger town (the Hațeg town) with a total population of 12.549 of inhabitants.
The remarkable geodiversity of the Hateg Natural Park is mainly linked with the Cretaceous “dwarf dinosaurs” and the other dinosaur remains supported the creation of the Hateg Country Dinosaurs Geopark in 2000, that was recognized by UNESCO in 2005. The Geopark is under the administration of the University of Bucharest and by the Hateg Dinosaurs Geopark Association (HDGA).
On the 19th century, Baron Ferenc Nopcsa discovered the first dwarf dinosaur bones and realised that those fossils were unusually small, when compared with the known cousin dinosaurs. The dinosaur name is derived from the Greek for “fearfully great lizard”, so it implies that dinosaurs were the most gigantic ( whose body lengths exceed 30 m and a corporal mass superior to 40-50 metric tons - sauropods) animals to have ever stalked the Earth.
Hateg Geopark is a worldwide-known dinosaur assemblage, due to its international value and uniqueness, containing one of the latest (in terms of geological record) rich assemblages in the world that was recognized as a major dinosaur nesting area during the Late Cretaceous. In addition, the Hated Geopark represents the only known place in Europe where mammal remains were found together with dinosaur remains!
The Țara Hațegului dinosaurs - dwarfed herbivorous titanosaurs - are world renowned for their small dimensions in comparison to the Cretaceous dinosaurian fauna (e.g. Magyarosaurus). On the lost island of Hateg, there wasn’t enough food to support giant eating dinosaurs and, as a result, the evolution converged to a world of dwarf dinosaurs. However, in 2002 the largest flying vertebrate ever known was discovered. The 10m wingspan pterosaur with a nearly 3m long skull. This new dinosaur was named as Hatzegopteryx, hence it was found in Hatzeg.

Impresii de la Hateg dwarf dinosaurs