At 3 o’clock this afternoon (East China Time), a joined
team consisted of the archaeologists from China, America,
Canada, Mexico and Briton began excavating two dinosaur fossil
sites in the country's northwest region.
The site is near the famous "Dinosaur Valley" in
Xinjiang Autonomous region, and the fossil is believed to
belong to a diplodocus, the most gigantic kind among the
plant-eating dinosaurs. It is said that they are the largest
animals that have ever lived on earth, and ruled the world
during the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods some
150 million years ago. According to the archaeologists on
the excavation site the one buried there could be the biggest
diplodocus fossil ever found in Asia.
Other major discoveries of the dinosaur fossils
in and around the Dinosaur Valley:
1928, lystrosaurus fossil was unearthed.
1987, Asia's largest dinosaur fossil "mamenchisaurus
sinocanadorum" was discovered.
2002, the earliest tyrannosaur fossil in this area
It is situated in a barren terrain in Ningxia Autonomous
region. And its discovery has to be credited to one man’s
stubborn faith in his own perception.
In April 2004, Mr Ma Yun was out to look for hedgehogs to
make a special medicine for his friend who was ill. When
he entered a secluded area he spotted a big stone resembling
a limb. Mr Ma suspected it could be an animal fossil and
returned with his friends and neighbours to have another
look. They saw the blonder, and a blonder that had no difference
to other blonders. So they advised him to contact a proper
doctor. But he was a stubborn man, convinced he had perfect
eyesight, and brain.
A half year had passed and he was still troubled with that
stone, so eventually he contacted the conservation authorities.
After initial examinations, the archaeologists conclude that
Mr Ma did not just spot an animal fossil, but has discovered
a dinosaur’s fossil. And it is not even any other dinosaurs,
but a new species that was never known to man before.
And that is how one man’s perseverance sees his name going
down in history.
Now the authorities are planning to invite the general public
to name the new dinosaur spices.
The location of Xinjiang
(Site 1) highlighted in red colour,
and the location of Ninxia (Site 2) highlighted in blue