Bebagel found three fossil vertebrae in the Mengyin County

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Bebagel found three fossil vertebrae in the Mengyin County

By the end of 19th century, the Germans occupied the Shandong peninsula to construct railroad ( from Qingdao to Jinan ) and mines. In 1913, Walking dinosaur costume a German mining engineer, Bebagel found three fossil vertebrae in the Mengyin County. Three years later, these fossils were transported to Peiping ( Beijing ) and delivered to V. K. Ting, who was Director of the Geological Survey of China. However, exact information about locality where the fossil were found, was missing.


In 1922. Dr. C. Tan,a Chinese geologist from the Geological Survey of China was sent to survey geological character of the Shandong Peninsula. In November 28th, Andersson, Zdansky, and C.Tan left Beijing together. With assistance of Father R.Mertens, a missionary at Ningjiagou, they finally localized the Bebagel s dinosaur site about2 km north of Ningjiagou in the Meng- yin County ( currently Xin-tai city ) . In March , 1923 , Zdansky began systematic excavation here. Animatronic animal for sale Tan left and went to theLaiyang.


Zdansky found an incomplete saurpod skeleton with fragmentary skull at Ningjiagou. Later, a dorsal spine of stegosaur was collected from these Early Cretaceous beds of the Meng-yin Group . In 1923, Tan also found bone remains of the Late Cretaceous hadrosaur in the Laiyang County in the Shandong Peninsula. Dinosaur remains from Shandong were sent to the Uppsala University. After preparation there were studied by Carl Wiman. He found out that the fossils from the Meng-yin County belong to a new saurpod that he named Helopus zdanskyi, and bones from Laiyang represent the new hadrosaur species, Tanius sinensis. However, the generic name Helopus was already devoted to naming an insect in 1832. Therefore, the dinosaur name Helopus was replaced with Euhelopus by Alfred S. Romer in 1956, who erected a new subfamily Euhelopodinae as well. The holotype of Euhelopus is still maintained at the -Uppsala University in Sweden.


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