Discovered fossils of the Early Triassic Lystrosaurus fauna

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Discovered fossils of the Early Triassic Lystrosaurus fauna

Dr.Yuan Fu-li, a famous Chinese geologist, took a group of people of the expedition through the Alxa Gobi.  animatronic dinosaur model After they crossed the Mao-Wusu desert, they found themselves in Xinjiang. At the north slope of Teinshan, Fu-yun County (currently Gimu-shaer ) , they discovered fossils of what we now to call the Early Triassic Lystrosaurus fauna. This fauna helped to reveal a peristoric connection between the ancient Teinshan landmass and Gondwana. This turned to be the most significant evidence that the Chinese scholars contributed to the Continental Drift theory. While Yuan was investigating the Bei- Tai-shan coal mines in the northeastern Junggar Basin, other members of the expedition returned from Chi-tai County, and decided to prospect a nearby region called the white-bone pile. Here they found remains of a huge sauropod dinosaur. Yuan and two camel handlers worked very hard under severe freezing conditions of -30° C. They poured water on the ice encasing the fossil bones and transported them back to the campsite. animatronic dinosaur Their hands and feet were terribly frozen. This is a brief insight into a painful excavation of the holotype of Tienshanosaurus chitaiensis, described and named by C. C. Young. After long five years spent in the northwestern China, Yuan returned to Beijing in 1931 with more than 40 boxes of fossil bones. Except for an old horse that had came back with him, all of his camels perished in the yellow sand of the inhospitable north-western terrirtory. Most of Yuan’s vertebrate fossils were studied by Young, the Father of Chinese Dinosaurology.

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