Gay Transylvanian Baron Paleontologist Spy
Now fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopcsa was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be king
By Cristian Movilă,Vanessa Veselka


I just read this article in the Smithsonian Magazine and I just

This is a real person who existed. His name was Baron Franz Nopcsa von Felo-Szilvas. He had a castle, Sacel Castle, near Deva, Romania, which is in Transylvania. 

He hypothesized that dinosaurs were related to birds in 1906. THIS IS LITERALLY A CENTURY BEFORE JURASSIC PARK CAME OUT. Remember: around the time JP was released, there was STILL a lot of debate as to whether dinosaurs were “really” related to birds. In Nopcsa’s time, everybody was still in the tail-dragging big slow lizard camp. 

Did I mention he was hella gay? he was really hella gay. His first lover was Count Louis Draskovic. Later, he’d shack up with his young Albanian secretary, Bajazid Elmaz Doda, who he said was “the only person who has truly loved me.” He named a species of prehistoric turtle after the guy: Kallakobotion bajazidi. They lived together for 30 years.

Poor guy also probably had bipolar disorder–his work was characterized by periods of frenzied fieldwork, and then he’d have to retreat into isolation for weeks due to an illness he’d describe as “shattered nerves.” 

So yeah let’s remember this pioneer of paleontology because he’s cool as heck. 

Tendons and bursa of index finger

The tendons of the hand wrap very close to the bones of the fingers, and the loss of subcutaneous fat is the primary reason that the fingers of the elderly, moribund, and chronically ill appear so bony, yet don’t seem to lose much of their strength.

My grandma once ripped out a 3″ x 0.5″ splinter lodged more than two inches in the sole of my foot after my mom, dad, and forest fire-fighter uncle failed to anything other than make it scoot to the side. Her hands were absolutely skeletal. Don’t underestimate those bone-hands.

Atlas of Applied (Topographical) Human Anatomy. J. Howell Evans, 1906.


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