Expert says China was the first to collect dinosaur fossils
People's Daily Online
UPDATED: 15:41, December 25, 2005
Omeisaurus tianfuensis is one of the many dinosaurs found in China.
© Gregory S. Paul
"China was probably the first country in the world to collect dinosaur fossils, a scientist has said. "The Yue Kingdom in today's southeastern China had dinosaur fossils in 494 B.C.," said Sun Erhu, a research fellow with the Chengdu Institute of Biology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
In that year, the invading Wu Kingdom sieged Yue Kingdom's capital Kuaiji and captured a "mammoth skeleton" that had to be carried with a cart, according to "Shi Ji", or Historical Records, compiled by famous Chinese historian Sima Qian."