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Re: New Shandong Dinosaur Discoveries
Y, A specimen of Centrosaurinae sp. with 3-metre long of skull was found.
> This looked interesting, especially considering the mention of a "2 m skull
> of a large ceratopsian."
> From: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-12/29/content_10576618.htm
> Experts: Shandong dinosaur fossil field "world's largest"
> www.chinaview.cn 2008-12-29 20:01:03
> JINAN, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- A dinosaur fossil field discovered this year in
> eastern China appears to be the largest in the world, a paleontologist told
> Xinhua on Monday.
> More than 7,600 fossils have been discovered so far in Zhucheng City in
> eastern Shandong Province and the number is climbing, said Zhao Xijin, the
> paleontologist in charge of the project.
> Zhao is from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and
> Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
> "The discoveries are expected to contribute to research on the mystery of
> dinosaur extinction," Zhao said. He added that the fossils dated mainly from
> the Late Cretaceous of the Mesozoic Period, when dinosaurs became extinct.
> The city has a major field of large hadrosaurus fossils, discovered in the
> 1960s by a Chinese oil expedition. More than 50 tons of fossils have been
> discovered since then.
> The world's largest hadrosaurus fossil was found here in the 1980s and
> exhibited in the local museum.
> A new fossil site was found during another mining expedition in March in
> Longdu, Shunwang, Jiayue and Zhigou Towns. One field in Longdu is 300meters
> long by 10m wide and 5m deep. More than 3,000 fossils have been found at that
> site, among which new genera or species might be found, Zhao said.
> A 2m skull of a large ceratopsian was found here, the first such discovery
> outside of North America, said Xu Xing, researcher of the Institute of
> Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology.
> In the 15 sub-fields, other new genera of ankylosaurus, tyrannosaurus and
> ceolurus were also found, Xu said.
> Zhao said the fossils had only the slimmest chance to have survived all
> these years. According to current research, the region might have been a
> watery area with abundant grass. That would have made it an ideal habitat for
> duck-billed dinosaurs, Zhao said.
> The geologists said there might have been a volcanic eruption that was
> fatal to the dinosaurs and later a flood that brought the fossils to their
> resting place.
> Mining had been suspended because of weather but would resume in the
> spring, Zhao said.
> Research on the findings would be published at the end of next year, he
> said. A fossil park will be built in the region, local authorities said.