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China's Fossil Marvels
AUGUST 2005
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Photograph by O. Louis Mazzatenta; fossil courtesy American Museum of Natural History, New York

A compactly arranged fossil  is one of two recently discovered specimens of Jeholosaurus shangyuanensis, a plant-eating dinosaur that measured less than three feet (one meter) long. The species, says paleontologist Xu Xing, is perhaps the most primitive of China's ornithischian dinosaurs—those with hip structures similar to those of birds. The genus name Jeholosaurus comes from the Jehol biota, an ecological region of the Cretaceous period in northeastern Asia. In the words of paleontologist Chang Meemann, the region, which included Liaoning, produced fossils "extremely well preserved, beautiful, and abundant."
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: AF Nkkor 105 mm, f/2.8 macro
Speed and F-stop: 1/60 @ f/8

Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Two Comet 1,200 watt/second power packs with four strobe light heads covered with soft boxes to soften light.

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