Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Yongjing Dinosaur Footprints

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_2887
These footprints are located on the north bank of the Yanguoxia Reservoir in Yongjing County, Gansu Province. They were unearthed by human activities. These fossils are preserved in the Early Cretaceous Hekou Formation, and the footprints are complete, clear and stand out three-dimensionally. Several arrays of footprints remain preserved, including gigantic sauropods, theropods, Ornithischia, Pterosauria, Ornithomimiformes and footprints of birds, including at least eight genera. It is the first time that so many footprints of dinosaurs and birds were discovered at one location in China. This scenario is also rare in other countries. Many dinosaur skeletons have been found in the vicinity of the footprint site, and these fossils have facilitated studies of the classification of dinosaurs, their footprints and the relationship among trace makers (Fig. 10).
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