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Dinosaur Museum Altmuehltal Exhibits Real Dracula

March 26, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

The special pterodactyl exhibition “Emperors of the Skies” presents pterosaurwith 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.

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Haszprunar, PD Dr. Mike Reich, Raimund Albersdörfer, Michael Völker. Credit: Axel Schmidt, Dinosaurier Museum Altmühltal (PRNewsfoto/Dinosaur Museum Altmuehltal)

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 Albersdorfer, 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 Volker. The “Emperors of the Skies” exhibition is open from March 23 to November 4, 2018.

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