Background to the project and the graphic novel
The research project titled "The Europasaurus Project: The Upper Jurassic Island Fauna of Oker, Lower Saxony" was initiated jointly by several institutions that also cooperated in its implementation: The Lower Saxony National Museum Hanover, the Braunschweig State Natural History Museum and the Institute for Geosciences and Meteorology at the University of Bonn as well as since 2011 the Dinosaur Park Münchehagen have been carrying out joint research for more than four years, with funding of almost 600,000 euro from the Volkswagen Foundation in the frame of the "Research in Museums".
Their research focused on the fossilized remains of the "small" dinosaur Europasaurus holgeri found in the Harz Mountains. The scientific objectives of the project were above all to research the island's fauna and to shed light on island dwarfing among dinosaurs, to which end Dr. Oliver Wings has recovered and prepared thousands of bones and other finds.
In the summer of 2018, Wings received a further 60,000 euro from the Volkswagen Foundation to produce a graphic novel based on the research findings – as an exemplary model for science communication and knowledge transfer. The book is to be published at the turn of the year 2020.