The journey of Magyarosaurus dacus across Europe

©Brian Cooley

All the paleontological treasures found since the beginning of the 20th century proved the former Hateg Island in the Tethys Sea was a unique area roamed by dwarf dinosaurs 70 million years ago. Hatzeg Geopark is working towards a museum dedicated to the Dinosaurs of Transylvania, as a unique opportunity to draw the attention of the public to the importance of scientific research, art and the role Geoparks can play in sustaining both.

A national partnership led by dr Antoneta Seghedi, the great enthusiasm and fine art of two Canadian paleoartists, Brian Cooley and Marry Ann Wilson, and the financial support of 127 backers were the first steps for a big transcontinental adventure. A full-size scientific accurate replica of Magyarosaurus dacus travelled in June and July 2014 from Canada across Europe and Romania to reach its "home" in Haţeg Country Dinosaurs Geopark.

Entering Romania Magyarosaurus has a warm welcome by media and fans and was invited by Asociatia OviduRo to visit a childhood education centre in Budila. Children than never been to a museum and many of them didn’t even know what a dinosaur was. The trip continued across Romania, Danube Delta and Black Sea coast to take a refreshing dip and visit research facilities of GeoEcoMar, one of the main sponsor and project partner. Short stops in Bucharest in front of the National Geology Museum and University of Bucharest allowed press and people to find out more about the trip, Hateg dinosaurus and geopark projects.

On July 23rd hundreds of children, tourists and media offered a very warm welcome to Magyarosaurus dacus in Haţeg Geopark and instantly accepted it as symbol of the future Transylvanian Dinosaur Museum.

The journey of the Magyarosaurus dacus will be the subject of a documentary film made by a Canadian tv crew. Apart of its scientific, cultural and educational impact the project was an excellent example of the power of European Geoparks Network and was a great opportunity to draw the attention of the public to the world of Geoparks.

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