Chinese palaeontologists announced that they have discovered the largest Jurassic dinosaur fossil in the country in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on 15th April 2012.
The herbivorous sauropod dinosaur was 35 meters in length, and weighed about 30 tonnes, said professor Sun Ge, deputy executive director of China Research Society of Paleontology. The fossil was discovered in a stratum of the Middle Jurassic Period, about 165 million years ago.
Paleontologists are continuing the excavation of the fossil, hoping to unearth a complete skeleton, unveil more evidence to suggest what caused the death of this mammoth creature,” Sun said. Members of the excavation team have also unearthed a tooth fossil which apparently belonged to a carnosaur not far from the herbivorous dinosaur fossil.
The excavation team is composed of experts from Jilin University, Shenyang Normal University and Xinjiang Geological Survey Institute. They started the expedition in Shanshan (Pichan County in Turpan) County in October last year. From Xinjiang, Chinese and German experts unearthed the largest cluster of fossilized dinosaur tracks in China in 2008.