Giant duck-billed dinosaur fossil sets world record

Beijing, April 29 (IANS) A fossilised skeleton of a hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur in China’s Shandong province has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the “largest hadrosaurid skeleton on display”.

The Zhuchengosaurus maximus skeleton in Zhucheng Dinosaur Museum in Zhucheng city is 9.1 meters high and 16.6 meters long, while the average height and body length of hadrosaurs are four-five meters and six-nine meters, Xinhua news agency reported.

Experts with the city’s dinosaur research centre said Zhuchengosaurus maximus lived in lakes and swamps and fed on plants, clams and algae in the late Cretaceous period about 70 million years ago when the area was a basin with a humid climate and heavy vegetation.

Zhucheng is home to one of the largest dinosaur bone concentrations in the world. At least 10 dinosaur species have been found in excavations there since the 1960s.

The skeleton fossil of Zhuchengosaurus maximus was unearthed during a round of excavations from 1989 and 1991.

–IANS

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