Posted : June 2014
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The scientists use the "monolith" technology to extract the carcass from the soil intact to subsequently delivery the bones to museums. According to Feofanova, the dinosaur remains are extracted along with soil, in the form of a cube. Afterwards, a fixating frame made of special material is built on the perimeter of the cube, in which the find will be transported to the adequate museum in the city of Kemerovo. "When the ‘monolith’ is delivered to the museum, we will start the work to remove the soil from the carcass. This work may take up to six months. But as a result, I think we will have a showpiece of global significance, in which both Kemerovo researchers, and representatives of major relevant institutions will be interested greatly," said Feofanova.
Psittacosaurus is a representative of a group of horned dinosaurs that lived on the territory of what is now Asia about 130-100 million years ago. The fossils found in different areas of modern China, Mongolia and Russia allowed scientists to determine not less than ten species of Psittacosaurus. All species of Psittacosaurus were bipedal herbivores the size of a gazelle with a strong "beak" on the upper jaw.
The Shestakovsky complex is the first and only Russian paleontological location, where full and almost intact carcasses of "terrible lizards" can be found. The first finding of dinosaurs in this area was made in 1953. Over 60 years of expeditions conducted by researchers from various scientific institutions, remains of eight dinosaurs were found - from small predators to giant 30-meter sauropods. The most valuable finding is the complete carcasses of "parrot-lizards" - the Siberian Psittacosaurus that inhabited the territory of Kuzbass 125 million years ago.
The Shestakovsky archaeological complex is a unique monument of archeology in Siberia. The complex is included on the state list of monuments of federal significance.