Over 75% of the butterflies existing in Romania can be found in the area of Tara Hategului Dinosaur Geopark, where as many as 157 species of day-butterflies were identified, an attraction for ecotourism enthusiasts, university lecturer Alexandru Andrasanu has told a specialist conference held at the National Library.
'The ecotourism project in the area takes into account the strategic position, the natural and cultural heritage of the area, the distance from the pressure of the big cities and the existence of three protected areas. This is the only place in the world where dwarf dinosaur bones were discovered. The explanation for their existence would be that 70 million years ago there was here an island, in the Thetis Sea, with the size of Hawaii Island, where those dinosaurs lived. Nearly 100 eggs, including hatched ones, with young dinosaur bones in them, were found.
When Discovery made a film about dinosaurs, they chose Hateg among the specific areas for the evolution of dinosaurs. Dinosaur tracks have triggered the idea of a geopark in Tara Hategului,' explained Andrasanu, lecturer at the University of Bucharest, the institution managing Tara Hategului Dinosaur Geopark.
This site is part of the network of 59 geoparks in Europe and the group of the 100 geoparks currently existing in 29 countries.
The conference themed 'Ecotourism and Dinosaurs: Tara Hategului — Retezat' was organized by the Association Ivan Patzaichin — Mila 23 and the Ecotourism Association of Romania.AGERPRES