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Confuciusornis collection opened to paleontologists



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com

In the new issue of Science:


Richard Stone (2012)
Dinosaur Kingpin Opens Fossil Bonanza to Science.
Science 337(6097): 900-901
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6097.900
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6097/900.summary



In a small town in Shandong Province, Zheng Xiaoting has
single-handedly built one of the most important fossil collections in
the world. Zheng has gathered at last count 1106 dinosaur specimens,
including hundreds of feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China.
Another 2328 specimens are primitive birds, including an unrivaled
assemblage of Confuciusornis. Having many specimens of relatively few
species makes it possible to view a species' full life cycle and
analyze it statistically. This treasure in the countryside is
beginning to draw paleontologists from near and far.