Zhucheng, the biggest dinosaur cemetery in the world

Zhucheng, the biggest dinosaur cemetery in the world

Zhucheng, the biggest dinosaur cemetery in the world

Chinese archaeologists discovered more than 3,000 dinosaur footprints in Zhucheng. This area, located in the eastern province of Shandong, is considered to be the world’s largest collection of fossilized bones belonging to the dinosaurs. Archeologists say that the footprints, uncovered after three months of excavation, are more than 100 million years old.

Zhucheng is known as “dinosaur city” after archeologists found here a large number of dinosaur fossils in over 30 sites. Since 1964, the year of the first dinosaur fossil discovery, in the region were two more major digs. Scientists hope that an area with so much dinosaur fossils and footprints could offer major clues on how the animals were extinct millions of years ago. Chinese archaeologists plan to set up a fossil park in Zhucheng, making the “dinosaur city” accessible for everyone.

The footprints range from only 10 to 80 centimeters (four to 32 inches) and belong to six different species of dinosaurs, including the famous tyrannosaurs. A strange thing is that all footprints faced the same direction. Wang Haijun, senior engineer at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggest that this curious fact can indicate a possible migration of dinosaurs or even a panic escape after an predators attack.

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