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China fossil tells new supercontinent story

China fossil tells new supercontinent story

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A newly discovered dinosaur may be re-writing China's geological history, according to recent findings.The latest addition to the family of giant, long-necked dinosaurs known as sauropods, Lingwulong shenqi lived in the north of the country about 174 million years ago.At this time, East Asia was thought to have split from the supercontinent Pangaea. But Lingwulong may be evidence that that was not the case.Part of a subgroup called the neosauropods, which included brontosaurus, diplodocus and brachiosaurus, Lingwulong appeared exactly where it shouldn't - in northern China, 15 million years earlier than any other known dinosaurs from this group.Dr Philip Mannion from Imperial College London, an author on the study, described the ...