December 30, 2008 | David F. Coppedge

World’s Largest Dino Graveyard Found

China boasts the world’s largest known dinosaur graveyard, a report from China View claims.  Over 7,600 fossils have been found so far.  These include hadrosaurs, ceratopsians, ankylosaurs, and tyrannosaurids.  Though known since at least 1980, the area has yielded new fossil sections during mining operations.  “A 2m skull of a large ceratopsian was found here,” the news article said, “the first such discovery outside of North America.”
    How did the area preserve so many fossils?  “The geologists said there might have been a volcanic eruption that was fatal to the dinosaurs and later a flood that brought the fossils to their resting place.
    PhysOrg must have lost something in the translation from Chinese.  It claimed the “remains of an enormous ‘platypus’ were found there.  Undoubtedly this was a reference to a duck-billed dinosaur, the article explained, but then it went on to say it had a wingspan of 16 feet!  If you ever find a flying platypus that big, run for cover.

Add up enough local floods at the same time and you can get a global one.

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