100 million-year-old dinosaur fossil discovered in Chifeng

17:16, October 22, 2010      

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100-million-year-old dinosaur fossil was recently discovered in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, which has brought an end to the assertion that there were no dinosaurs in Chifeng in ancient times.

The fossil is about 1.3 meters long and 0.6 meters high. The size of the dinosaur fossil's head is 1.5 times that of an adult fist and the teeth in its beak-shaped mouth are tight. Its tail is about 0.6 meters long. Its whole skeleton is intact and clear, and it is highly identical to dinosaur images in archival films.

According to the collector of the fossil, it was discovered on a mountain in Ningcheng County, Chifeng after the skeleton was exposed from the earth by a heavy rain. Through excavation, the intact fossilized skeleton was dug out from a sequence of sedimentary rocks.

The fossil is a parrot-beaked dinosaur fossil that came into being between the Jurassic and cretaceous periods 100 million years ago, according to the appraisal by experts from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleonantheropology under Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Yangtse Evening News contributes to this report.

By People's Daily Online


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