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  1. Lufeng Dinosaur Museum,Chuxiong

  2. Lufeng Dinosaur Museum,Chuxiong

  3. Lufeng Dinosaur Museum,Chuxiong

Lufeng is nicknamed the Home Town to Dinosaurs. Back in 1938, Bian Meinian, one of China's famous geologists, and Yang Zhongjian, one of China's renowned paleontologists, discovered whole clusters of rare dinosaur fossils as well as other fossils of extinct plants and animals from ancient times. They are named “Lufeng reptiles and dinosaur clusters”. In the same year the complete skeleton of a dinosaur was unearthed. Ever since then, the Lufeng dinosaur became famous. There are dozens of other dinosaur fossils which were excavated in the following years. It is found that the distribution of dinosaur fossils extended for 10 (6. 2 sq.miles), with Lufeng being at the center. It is believed that dinosaurs found here are the best vertebrate fossils that are the most primitive, the oldest, with the most varieties and in their most complete form. China's first assembled dinosaur for study purposes was unearthed in Lufeng, and it has been dated to have more than 180 million years.

Lufeng Dinosaur Museum,Chuxiong

In the County is the dinosaur museum that showcases all sorts of unearthed dinosaur fossils in Lufeng. At the end of 2008, the newly constructed Jurassic Park was finished, adding a more scientific and trendy atmosphere to this ancient dusty place.

Lufeng Dinosaur Museum,Chuxiong

At the north side of Lufeng County, about 9 KM (5.6 miles), away is the site where the fossil of one of China's most ancient homo sapiens was discovered. In May 1975, archaeologists found a tooth fossil in a pile of coal deposits.  After that, more than 700 pieces of bone fossils were excavated. They were named Lama Ancient Homo Sapiens by archaeologists and anthropologists, believing that they lived about eight million years ago. In January 1988 the site of the coal deposit where the first tooth fossil was found was designated as a national key protection area, and the surrounding area of 20 acres (1.4 hectares) was walled. Within the protected area, an ancient ape statue monument was erected to mark this important archaeological discovery.

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