Chinese paleontologists discovered an extraordinarily intact Jurassic dinosaur skeleton in Yunnan province

Discovered intact giant dinosaur skeleton in ChinaChinese paleontologists have discovered an extremely complete Jurassic dinosaur skeleton. Photo: Chinese archeology.According to the Daily Mail, the fossilized skeleton of a dinosaur was found in Lufeng county, Yunnan province, southwest China. The skeleton is 70% intact, has a length of nearly 8m and is about 180 million years old – belonging to the Jurassic period.

The skeleton is about 70% intact. Photo: Chinese archeologyThe skeleton is about 180 million years old – belongs to the Jurassic period. Photo: Chinese archeologyThe skeleton is about 180 million years old – belongs to the Jurassic period. Photo: Chinese archeologyFinding such intact fossils is a very rare occurrence in paleontology.

Wang Tao, head of Lufeng City’s Dinosaur Fossil Conservation and Research Center, said: “Such a complete dinosaur fossil is a rarity around the world. Based on fossils fossils have been discovered over the years, we believe this is a giant dinosaur named Lufengosaurus, which lived in the early Jurassic period.”

Lufengosaurus is believed to be a four-legged herbivore and is commonly known as the Lufeng Lizard.

Lufengosaurus is believed to be a four-legged herbivore and is commonly known as the Lufeng lizard. Image:Lufengosaurus is believed to be a four-legged herbivore and is commonly known as the Lufeng Lizard. Photo: Natural History Museum

Finding such intact fossils is a very rare occurrence in paleontology. Photo: Chinese archeology

Archaeologists say they believe the fossil is a giant dinosaur named Lufengosaurus that lived in the early Jurassic period. Photo: Chinese archeology

The remains of a dinosaur 180 million years ago. Photo: Chinese archeologyTao also described the fossil as a national treasure and said his team hopes to unearth the skull of the dinosaur.

The center is planning an emergency dig to rescue the skeleton as it was found in a place where there is a risk of soil erosion.

 

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