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Dinosaur Museum

Updated: 2015-01-01 12:56:41

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The Dinosaur Museum is located at the Dashanpu Site of Dinosaur Fossils 10 kilometers east of Zigong City of Sichuan Province. The site is one of the most famous production areas of dinosaur fossils. Up till now, 58 hidden sites of dinosaur fossils have been discovered here. In 1986, China's first modern specialized dinosaur museum was built here and opened to the public.

Occupying an area of about 25 square meters with a construction area of over 6,000 square meters, the museum includes the Prelude Hall, the Central Exhibition Hall, the Hall of Dinosaur Fossil Sites, the Hall of Dinosaur Skeletons and the Hall of Scientific Popularization and Education. 

The Hall of Dinosaur Skeletons introduces all of the various types of dinosaur fossils found in Dashanpu. The entire exhibition is displayed in a high and spacious hall. Here there are several completely intact skeletons of dinosaurs, including that of Datousaurus, Gasasaurus, Huayangosaurus, Shunusaurus, Xiaosaurus, and Yandusaurus.

The Hall of Dinosaur Fossil Sites covers an area of about 1,900 square meters. Various dinosaur fossils are scattered on rocks strewn at random. The large-scale excavation site is a marvelous world of ancient animals and is an ideal place for research on ancient animals like dinosaur.

Only about one fifth dinosaur fossils that have been excavated in the world were formed during the Jurassic period (mostly in late period), and the fossils excavated in Dashanpu belong to the early and mid-Jurassic periods, facilitating the research on dinosaur of the whole Jurassic period.

The US magazineThe National Geographyonce reputed the Zigong Dinosaur Museum as the best dinosaur museum in the world.

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