Guinness lists world's largest dino museum in China

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Museum model of Mamenchisaurus. Photo: IC


A dinosaur museum in east China's Shandong Province has been included in the Guinness World Records as the largest in the world, a museum official said Monday.

The Shangdong Tianyu Museum of Nature in Pingyi County, which opened in 2004 and is devoted to dinosaur and other prehistoric fauna, applied for a Guinness World Record in early June and received confirmation on Monday, said Yin Shiyin, deputy curator of the museum.

"It contains 28,000 square meters (301,389 sq ft) of exhibition space, housing 1,106 dinosaur specimens and thousands of other ancient fossils," the London-based agency said in a certificate to confirm it as the world's largest dinosaur museum.

The dinosaur specimens are all represented by almost complete skeletons, including 368 psittacosaurids, 391 drom-aeosaurids, 255 anchiornis, 22 jeholosaurus specimens and 70 other rare dinosaurs and unnamed fossils, the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, ChineseAcademy of Sciences said in a certification document.

Moreover, the Tianyu museum has tens of thousands of other ancient fossils, such as birds and fish fossils, the institute said.

Before the new record, the museum held five other world records, including the longest petrified wood fossil, the biggest sinosauropteryx fossil and largest amethyst cave, Yin said.

A ceremony to mark the recognition as the world's largest dinosaur museum will be held on September 28 at Tianyu, with officials from Guinness World Records headquarters in attendance, Yin said.

Source: Global Times/Agencies

(Editor:王寒露)

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