Mas­sive di­nosaur foot­prints, new species found af­ter min­ing blast

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Mas­sive di­nosaur foot­prints were found in a min­ing area in Zhao­jue county of Southwest China’s Sichuan Prov­ince on De­cem­ber 5, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer head of the lo­cal relic preser­va­tion de­part­ment.

The foot­prints were ex­posed af­ter a min­ing blast in San­bilu­oga vil­lage of Zhao­jue county. The mine dis­cov­ered di­nosaur foot­prints mul­ti­ple times be­fore.

The newly ex­posed foot­print group cov­ers more than 10,000 square me­ters. Some of the foot­prints come from new di­nosaur species.

The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have at­tached great im­por­tance to the new dis­cov­ery by de­mand­ing a shut­down of the mine. Pa­le­on­tol­o­gists are ex­pected to ar­rive at the site soon.

On a big cliff wall, di­nosaur criss-cross tracks and clearly vis­i­ble walk­ing routes are en­tan­gled to­gether, cov­er­ing 5,000 square me­ters, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer of­fi­cial.

An­other newly ex­posed rock is im­printed with foot­prints of dif­fer­ent species of di­nosaur, in­clud­ing ones with two toes, three toes, four toes and five toes, over an area as large as 8,000 square me­ters.

Four foot­print clus­ters were also found at the foot of the east cliff side, cov­er­ing 4,000 square me­ters.

The for­mer of­fi­cial said the new dis­cov­ery is very rare in terms of area, species and num­ber.

Di­nosaur foot­prints have been dis­cov­ered in Zhao­jue county since the 1990s. They are rare and pre­cious, and have of­fered ex­cel­lent ma­te­ri­als for aca­demic stud­ies in many fields such as pa­le­o­geog­ra­phy, palaeo­cli­ma­tol­ogy, pa­le­o­bi­ol­ogy, and palaeo­col­ogy.

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