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China's oldest, largest dinosaur fossils to find new home in Beijing
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18:40, August 14, 2009

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China's oldest and largest dinosaur fossils are to arrive at their new home in Beijing from southern Yunnan Province Saturday, China Science and Technology Museum said Friday.

The fragile bones, which were flown from Yunnan on Friday, would be transported in special anti-shock vehicles on Saturday in15 cushioned containers to the new site of China Science and Technology Museum in the center of Olympic Green, said Xin Bing, deputy curator of the museum.

The skeletons of three prehistoric beasts are to meet the public at the opening ceremony of the new museum on Sept. 16 in Beijing, said Xin Bing, the museum's deputy head.

The fossils would be protected by 50 guards day and night.

They were donated by Yunnan provincial government to the museum to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and would be permanently displayed there, said a Yunnan government spokesman.

The three skeletons were previously displayed in the Dinosaur Valley in Lufeng County, Chuxiong Autonomous Prefecture of Yi Nationality, in Yunnan.

The three sets of dinosaur fossils are:

-- the 27-meter-long by 6.5-meter-high long-necked herbivore, Chuanjiesaurus anaensis (sauropoda), with a lizard-like tail, dating back to the Jurassic Period, 158 million years ago;

-- the 180-million-year-old Lufengosaurus huenei (prosauropod),7.1-meters-long by 2.6-meters-high, a herbivorous dinosaur, from the late Triassic to early Jurassic periods;

-- and a 2.45-meter-high Dilophosaurus sinensis (theropod) from180 million years ago, which lived during the Pliensbachian stage of the early Jurassic period.

The Chuanjie saurus anaensis is the largest dinosaur skeleton in China and the Lufengosaurus huenei is believed to be the oldest.

The three skeletons were unearthed respectively in 2006 and 2007 in Lufeng County, Yunnan Province.

The museum has arranged an exhibition hall of 1,600 square meters on the second floor for the fossils, said Shao Jie, assistant to the curator.

The fossils would be displayed in a scenario where the predatorDilophosaurus sinensis was preparing to attack Lufengo saurus huenei while the giant Chuanjiesaurus anaensis looked down on them, said Shao.

Source: Xinhua



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