Animal fossils dating back 25M years found in NW China

LANZHOU (Xinhua) – Chinese researchers have found a group of animal fossils dating back 25 million years in China’s northwestern Gansu Province. The fossils are of significance for the study of the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, according to archaeologists.

Researchers with the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University, discovered fossils of two rhinoceros types, three types of ruminants, as well as many small mammals dating back to the late Oligocene period, in the city of Hezuo.

Animal fossils belonging to the same era have also been found in other prefectures in the province, as well as the regions of Ningxia and Inner Mongolia, but Hezuo has a significantly higher altitude than those places, said IVPP researcher Wang Shiqi. “That indicates a significant uplift in Hezuo, which lies at the northeastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau,” he added.