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Conference: The giant of our realm - Deinotherium gigantissimum

Conference: The giant of our realm - Deinotherium gigantissimum

Conference: The giant of our realm - Deinotherium gigantissimum

27th October 2013, 11:00 am


Conference: The giant of our realm - Deinotherium gigantissimum

27th October 2013, 11:00 am
Presented by: geobiologist Mirela Dragos
Long ago, about 15 - 2.5 million years ago, that is, from the middle of the Miocene to the middle of the Pliocene, the living conditions in our country were different from the current ones. in that period the climate was hot-tempered, with cooling tendencies, the average annual temperatures being higher than the current ones; the existing flora at that time was similar to the current subtropical one.

In the areas around the waters, the subtropical vegetation was supplemented by large, grassy areas, which extended towards the middle of the continent. This is the "setting" in which Deinotherium gigantisimum, the giant of our realms, lived. in Romanian, the scientific name would be translated as "terrible, frightening animal", because in ancient Greek, therion means animal, and deinos - awful. Deinotherium was the largest representative of the Proboscidians (prehistoric mammals endowed with the tube).
This prehistoric giant disappeared in the Quaternary, at the beginning of the glaciation. The first, almost complete skeleton of a Deinotherium was discovered in 1890, in Manzati (VS), by the geologist and paleontologist Gregoriu Stefanescu (1836-1911), professor, at that time, at the University of Bucharest.
After 15 years of digging, almost all the bones in the fossilized skeleton of the specimen were dug up. For his installation on metal support, in 1906, Prof. stefanescu brings to the country, for three months, the famous Belgian restaurateur Louis de Pauw. The Deinotherium gigantisimum skeleton on display at the National Museum of Natural History "Grigore Antipa" in Bucharest is the one on which this species (holotype) was first described in science. It is a piece of world scientific value, important for the knowledge of the prehistoric fauna, being also an exceptional exhibition of the cultural heritage held by Romania.
The conference will take place in the Multimedia Hall of the Museum. The public access to the hall is between 10:45 and 11:00, based on the Museum's ticket.
The conference is part of the cycle of articles and conferences within the project "History of the living world in 10 exhibits"
Project realized by the "Antipa" Museum and the educational magazine Terra Magazin which aims to present to the students and the general public the 10 most important pieces of the permanent exhibition of the Museum.

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