DRACULA THE LARGEST FLYING DINOSAUR EVER DISCOVERED GOES ON DISPLAY

The Altmühltal Dinosaur Museum (Germany/Bavaria) has presented “Dracula” to the public for the first time. Download VNR

 

It’s not only the largest and most powerful flying dinosaur ever found – it also belongs to a completely new genus of pterosaurs.  

 

Scientists and paleontologists are talking about a sensation, because it’s different from all other fossils excavated so far.

Half a ton in weight, and with a wing-span of up to 20 metres.

 

His nickname “Dracula” comes from where he was discovered in 2009 Sebeş, Transylvania (Romania).

In the Altmühltal Dinosaur Museum (Germany/Bavaria), the Pterosaur is going to be presented to the public for the very first time.

 

Editor Notes:

 

Dinosaur Museum Altmuehltal exhibits real Dracula

 

The  special  pterodactyl  exhibition  "Emperors  of  the  Skies"  presents  a  pterosaur  with  a  physique  that  is 

different from other previously-known species.

 

Well-preserved remains show that this is the largest and most 

robust pterodactyl ever found. 

 

Denkendorf, March 22. The special pterosaur  exhibition "Emperors  of the Skies"  presented by the Altmuehltal 

Dinosaur Museum features 24 important exhibits from the Altmuehl Jurassic along with a sensational find from 

Transylvania. Nicknamed "Dracula" because of its origin in Transylvania,  this  pterosaur  has a physique that is 

different  from  other  previously  known  species.  Because  of  its  excellently  preserved  remains,  researchers 

conclude that it is the most powerful pterodactyl ever excavated.

"The carpal bone alone was larger than that of 

a mammoth, and the neck was the  width  of a full-grown man," says paleontologist Mátyás Vremir, member of 

the Transylvanian Museum Society.

He discovered the first bone on a steep slope near the Romanian town of Sebeș in 2009. 

 

Scientists  estimate  Dracula's  weight to be at least  half a ton  and its  wingspan  at more than  12  meters.  "The 

pterodactyl may have had a  wingspan of up to 20  meters, and standing upright, it was probably as  tall  as a 

giraffe,"  says  Mark  Norell,  Curator,  Division  Chair  and  Professor  Division  of  Paleontology   at  the  American 

Museum of Natural History in New York. Norell was involved in the excavations in Romania. 

"No large predators were found in the region around the site, which was probably a subtropical island landscape 

in the Cretaceous period. We assume that he was at the top of the food chain," explains Raimund Albersdörfer, 

an  excavator and geologist who was involved and financed  the work for many years.

 

Like T.  rex  that  ruled another continent at the same time, "Dracula" was a witness and victim of the mass extinction of dinosaurs. 

"This sensation underscores the Dinosaur Museum Altmuehltal's claim to be one of the world's most important 

exhibition  venues  for  prehistoric  times,"  says  museum  founder  Michael  Völker.  The  "Emperors  of  the  Skies" 

exhibition is open from March 23 to November 4, 2018.

 

 

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Footage from the press meeting

"Dracula" being set up in the museum

Pictures of the excavations in Transylvania

 

Interviews:                       Mátyás Vremir, the man who found "Dracula",  

                                           Michael Völker, founder and owner of the Altmühltal Dinosaur Museum,

Raimund Albersdörfer, Altmühltal partner of the Dinosaur Museum, excavator and geologist

 

Source:                             Altmühltal Dinosaur Museum. Dinopark 1, 85095 Denkendorf

 

22 March 2018