Dinosaur fossil found in Yunnan

29 June 2005 | 13:13 Code : 5290 Geoscience events
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ARCHAEOLOGISTS have excavated fossils of a herbivorous dinosaur which lived 180 million years ago at

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have excavated fossils of a herbivorous dinosaur which lived 180 million years ago at the slope of a 1,840m altitude mountain in southwest China's Yunnan Province.  

Started on June 2, the excavation is near Guanglong village of Chengjiang County, where a local villager found the fossil on May 14. 

Chen Ailin, curator of Yunan Chengjiang animal fossil museum, said that from the already-unearthed fossils, scientists concluded that the dinosaur was more than 10m long, and seven to eight tons in weight when it was alive.  

The dinosaur had short forelegs and rather long hind ones, with slim neck, very small head and a 5m long tail, all of which show that it had lived in a swamp area rich with water grass, and transferred to mountain slope after geological vicissitudes.  

Chen said that his team would complete the excavation within 10 days, for part of the fossils has already rotted due to air exposure. – People's Daily  

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