Dinosaur fossil dating back 125 mln years discovered in north China

Researchers of the Natural History Museum of Bayannur City, Inner Mongolia, treat the dinosaur fossil they discovered. Photo: Natural History Museum of Bayannur City.

Researchers have discovered a nearly complete dinosaur fossil dating from about 125 million years ago in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

The discovery was found by researchers from the Natural History Museum of Bayannur City in Inner Mongolia while regularly examining the Urad Ridge Banner.

Urad Back Banner is dubbed the “hometown of dinosaurs” in China. So far, fossils of 19 dinosaur species have been found there.

A preliminary study on bone morphology showed that the fossil belonged to an iguanodon in the Early Cretaceous period. It was large and close to adulthood, said Dai Ruiming from the museum.

Researchers are cleaning and reinforcing the giant skeleton of the large herbivorous dinosaur. Protection measures will be taken based on how many fossils they will find.

Drawing of an Iguanadon. Source: MRJACK

The fossilized bones will be brought back for further study if they belong to a single individual dinosaur. If too many well-preserved fossils are discovered, researchers can consider building an in-situ burial museum for protection, Dai said.

The Cretaceous period, which began 137 million years ago and ended 65 million years ago, was the last time dinosaurs ruled the planet. Fossils from that period offer significant evidence for studying their evolution, living conditions, and extinction.

Last year, in Shanghang County, Fujian Province, China, researchers found many dinosaur footprints in an area of 1,600 square meters described in the literature as a “dinosaur dance floor.”

So far, 8 kinds of dinosaur footprints have been seen on the dinosaur dance floor. It was determined that the dinosaurs that left their footprints were between 20 meters and 1 meter.

Top Photo: Researchers of the Natural History Museum of Bayannur City, Inner Mongolia, treat the dinosaur fossil they discovered.

Source: Xinhua