New species of long-necked ‘dragon’ dinosaur discovered in China

January 30, 2015 9:28 PM

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New species of long-necked ‘dragon’ dinosaur discovered in China

A new species of long-necked dinosaur was discovered by Canadian paleontologists from bones discovered in central China, according to the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology." Dubbed the Qijianglong (“dragon of Quijang”), the sauropod has a neck that measures 25 feet long, virtually half of its body length. “As far as I know, there are no more bones in the field of this dinosaur,” said team leader Phillip Currie of the University of Alberta.

Discovered by construction workers at a site near Quijang City in 2006, the dinosaur is about 50 feet long and thrived in the late Jurassic period. Researchers digging at the site found its head and neck still together - a rare occurrence due to the small cranium often detaching easily after the cre...

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