Asia's most pristine dinosaur fossil on display in SW China-Xinhua

Asia's most pristine dinosaur fossil on display in SW China

Source: Xinhua| 2022-11-22 18:52:00|Editor: huaxia

CHENGDU, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- A gigantic Jurassic-era dinosaur, believed to be the most pristine dinosaur fossil unearthed in Asia, was on display at the Chengdu Museum of Natural History in southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday.

The fossil, which belonged to a Mamenchisaurus, was evacuated in 1957 in Hechuan District, Chongqing Municipality, which borders Sichuan, by a team of petroleum geological exploration experts. It will be put on permanent display at the museum.

According to Ouyang Hui, a professor at the Chengdu University of Technology, the rare skeleton found in Hechuan is over 80 percent complete and is of great research value. He added that although "lizard-hipped" dinosaurs, which were usually larger than Mamenchisaurus, have been discovered in China, their fossils are far less intact.

The fossil is now 24 meters long after a recent restoration that has extended the total number of its caudal vertebra from 35 when it was found to 55, according to the museum.

The Chengdu Museum of Natural History, with about 10,000 exhibits, opened to the public Tuesday. It covers about 61,000 square meters with six permanent halls displaying the geological environment, natural disasters, mineral resources, and preservation, as well as the origin and evolution of life and biodiversity.