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Latest update : 2008-12-31

Several thousands of dinosaur fossils have been found in the Chinese eastern province of Shandong, making it the largest site in the world, according to officials. The remains of the tallest hadrosaurus (20-metre) also belong to the finding.

REUTERS - Scientists in China say they have discovered the world's
largest dinosaur fossil site in the eastern province of Shandong,
state media reported on Tuesday.

Scientists had recovered some 7,600 fossils from a 300 metre
(980 ft) long pit near Zhucheng city over the past seven months,
Xinhua news agency said.

The finds included remains of a 20-metre hadrosaurus, which
could be a record size for the duck-billed dinosaur, Xinhua said.

Scientists had put down tools for the winter, but said
further excavations could yield more fossils.

Zhucheng, known locally as China's "Dinosaur City", has
produced dinosaur fossils in some 30 sites, according to local

China, a relative late-comer to archaeology, has ramped up
exploration in recent years and makes regular finds of rare
fossils, which are sometimes smuggled out of the country to be
sold for large sums.

In January, Australia handed back hundreds of kilograms of
Chinese dinosaur fossils to Beijing, including eggs dating back
hundreds of millions of years, recovered from warehouses and
cargo containers in sting operations, Australian media reported.


Date created : 2008-12-30