“Dracula” The Largest Flying Dinosaur Ever Discovered Goes On Display!

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Largest and most powerful flying dinosaur ever found is also a completely new genus of pterosaurs.

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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.


Footage from the press meeting, updated daily,

"Dracula" being set up in the museum,

Pictures of the excavations in Transylvania


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

Other: Altmühltal Dinosaur Museum. Dinopark 1, 85095 Denkendorf

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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.



“Dracula” The Largest Flying Dinosaur Ever Discovered Goes On Display!


Half a ton in weight and with a wing-span of up to 20 metres, “Dracula” comes from where he was discovered in Transylvania (Romania)

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