Newly Identified Dinosaur Had Unusual Physical Features: Study
Berlin, 29 Nov (ONA) ---- According to a new study, Transylvanosaurus platycephalus (flatheaded reptile from Transylvania) was discovered in western Romania, and was 2 meters long, a relatively small size for a dinosaur.
Its skull bones were unearthed in a riverbed of the Haţeg Basin. Dinosaurs living there were smaller than their relatives elsewhere.
The dinosaur’s bones were able to survive for tens of millions of years because the sediments of an ancient riverbed protected them.
“If the dinosaur had died and simply lain on the ground instead of being partly buried, weather and scavengers would soon have destroyed all of its bones and we would never have learned about it,” study coauthor Felix Augustin, a paleontologist and doctoral student at the University of Tübingen in Germany, said in a press release.
None of the bones the researchers uncovered was longer than 12 centimeters (about 5 inches), but they revealed a remarkable amount of detail about the little plant-eating dinosaur that would have walked on two legs and had a powerful, thick tail.