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Dinosaur Kingpin Opens Fossil Bonanza to Science

Science  24 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6097, pp. 900-901
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6097.900

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In a small town in Shandong Province, Zheng Xiaoting has single-handedly built one of the most important fossil collections in the world. Zheng has gathered at last count 1106 dinosaur specimens, including hundreds of feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China. Another 2328 specimens are primitive birds, including an unrivaled assemblage of Confuciusornis. Having many specimens of relatively few species makes it possible to view a species' full life cycle and analyze it statistically. This treasure in the countryside is beginning to draw paleontologists from near and far.