The dinosaurs have been preserved to such an extent that the orifices, outlets of cranial nerves and blood-vessels remained intact.
BLAGOVESHCHENSK. August 13. VOSTOK-MEDIA – While there is a large-scale construction underway in Verhneblaboveshchensky, a village in Primorsky Krai, few people know that behind the construction site there is something more significant going on.
Paleontologists have been digging up bones of dinosaurs at the excavation site for the second year now, inch by inch removing soil from the great finds.
“The main thing is to be very careful and be able to tell bones of prehistoric animals from rock,” a paleontologist said. “In this way, there is more chance of new discoveries”.
“The dinosaurs have been preserved to such an extent that the orifices, outlets of cranial nerves and blood-vessels remained intact. That means we can analyze the brain structure of these animals,” said Yuri Bolotsky, chief of Paleontology Laboratory at the Far Eastern regional branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. “The age of a dinosaur may be estimated by examining its bones, which, by the way, are transported to the lab in so-called plaster jackets. Along with the data on the size, weight and diseases of the animal, scientists can often find other interesting facts.”
“While removing bones of an olorotitan from Kundursky excavation site we spotted a tooth of a carnivorous dinosaur stuck between the caudal vertebrae of the olorotitan,” says Ivan Bolotsky, a junior research assistant at the Institute of Geology and Natural Resorse Use of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The paleontologists believe that the dinosaurs have been killed by a mud slide since the bone fractions are buried in solidified mud and stone. The Blagoveshchensk pit has long been known to paleontologists. It is a scientific fact that bones of the last dinosaurs in Asia are buried there. Scientists cannot say how many of them are still lying there.
As the bone bed stretches for about 30 kilometers there is probably still enough work for many more generations of paleontologists to come.