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In this pile of stones in Xinjiang, there is a secret to the world

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  • Release on:2017-12-05
In this pile of stone in Xinjiang, there is a secret to shock the world!
When you fly in the sky on a plane, have you ever wondered, who did the sky once belong to?
On the 1 day, the Institute of vertebrate and paleontology of Chinese Academy of Sciences and 
the Hami Xinjiang Municipal People's government held a press conference in Hami just to 
answer this question.

Show you a magical age of Dinosaurs
After ten years of field investigation, Hami Gobi expedition in the lower Cretaceous strata in the 
discovery and rescue a collection of more than 200 pieces of pterosaur eggs, embryos and 
bones were important three-in-one preservation, 16 of them containing three-dimensional wing 
dragon egg embryo fossils, this is the world's first discovered 3D pterosaur embryo.

Over more than one hundred million years, a piece of more than 200 pterosaurs and 3.28 
square meters of sandstone are displayed in front of the world. (Wang Xiaolin)
And pterosaurs, the masters of the sky.
In the Mesozoic era of dinosaurs controlling the earth, there are a group of animals that occupy 
the sky all the time, and fly freely between the blue sky and white clouds. They are as big as 
airplanes, small as sparrows, dancing in groups in the air, overlooking the creatures of the earth.

Pterosaurs are close relatives of dinosaurs, a very strange reptile like reptiles, and the overlord 
flying to the sky seventy million years earlier than birds.
The pterosaurs originated in the late three fold world about 220 million years ago and were 
extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago. When dinosaurs occupied land, 
pterosaurs controlled the sky.
Pterosaur restoration chart. Zhao Chuanghui
Over the past ten years, Wang Xiaolin led the examination team in Hami, Xinjiang, with an area 
of more than 2000 square kilometers, and found this important specimen in Gobi.
When discovered, 215 pterosaur eggs had been exposed, including 300 pterosaur eggs that 
were not fully exposed. There were more than ten cranes and mandible, and a large number of 

Pterosaur eggs are about 6 centimeters, which are similar to the "soft shell eggs" of some 
reptiles. Large amounts of pterosaur eggs, embryos and skulls are found. The discovery of 
pterosaurs in Hami has a social living habit, and it is probably one of its breeding and laying 
This shocking archaeological discovery actually originated 12 years ago.
In 2005, researchers at the Academy of ancient vertebrae of the Chinese Academy of Sciences 
discovered a few small broken bones in the field. They thought they might belong to pterosaur 
fossils. They were identified by Wang Xiaolin as pterosaur. Since then, the discovery and 
research of Hami pterosaur have been unveiled.
Geng Dandan
In 2014, the Wang Xiaolin team has found a large number of female three-dimensional 
preservation in Hami, male Hami pterosaur and their individual 5 egg fossils. This finding is 
considered to be one of pterosaur research 200 years of the most exciting discoveries. Wang 
Xiaolin team for this new pterosaur named: Hami pterosaurs (Hamipterus tianshanensis).
How can such a complete fossil be formed?
Such a rich pterosaur egg and bone fossils of the specific burial, is unique in the world is unique, 
then what is the cause of it?
Based on sedimentology and burial observation, scientists found that Hami pterosaur eggs and 
skeleton fossils are mainly derived from sandstone. Although skeleton fossils are scattered and 
preserved, each bone is almost intact.
Therefore, scientists believe that these huge pterosaurs and pterosaurs fossils are likely to have 
experienced many Lake storm events.
This high energy storm passes through the nests of the pterosaur and brings pterosaur eggs 
and the different size and sex pterosaurs to the shore of the lake.
After a short period of floating aggregation, it is quickly buried with the torn dispersed pterosaurs.