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 Big Dinosaur Fossil Discovered

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Big Dinosaur Fossil Discovered

Source: Peking Review, No. 6, February 11, 1972
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 The fossil of a big dinosaur found in coastal Shantung Province in east China has been confirmed by palaeontological departments as a new family and species of the duckbilled dinosaur. The tallest such duck-billed dinosaur fossil ever to be unearthed, it stands eight metres high.
 In August 1964 a group of geological surveyors discovered some dinosaur fossils in Shantung's Chu-cheng County. Large-scale excavation work in the area was done during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution by geologists, palaeontologists, workers, local cadres and peasants. It was not long ago that they were able to reconstruct the complete skeleton of this duck-billed dinosaur which measures nearly 15 metres long from mouth to tail.
 In 1951 many parts of duck-billed fossils belonging to at least seven different dinosaurs were dug up in the Laiyang Area of Shantung Province. The most complete one was almost five metres high.
 The duck-billed dinosaur lived on plants in or by lakes during the later stage of the cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era some 100 million years ago. It walked on its hind limbs.
 The discovery not only enriches the study of this kind of ancient reptile, but provides scientific data for determining the geological strata of the later stage of the cretaceous period in the eastern part of Shantung Province.
  
  
  

 
 
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