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27/11/2012 - 30/11/2012
China 1st International Dinosaur Track Symposium

Qijiang, Chongqing City

November 27-30 2012


Symposium Background
Dinosaur track research has developed rapidly since the beginning of the new millennium in China. A large number of dinosaur tracksites have been discovered, such as Yongjing (Gansu Province), Chabu (Inner Mongolia), Junan (Shandong Province) and Qijiang (Chongqing City). These include a rich variety of vertebrate tracks, among which sauropods, theropods, ornithopods, birds and pterosaurs. In order to improve communication about dinosaur track research from scholars all over the world, the local government has decided to fund and organise an International Dinosaur Track Symposium in the Qijiang District of Chongqing in Nov. 2012, including a field excursion to the new Qijiang Dinosaur Tracks-Petrified Wood National Geopark, which will have opened by August 2012.


In 2006, the Qijiang District Bureau of Land and Resources and the Southeast Sichuan Geological Team discovered dinosaur tracks within the “mid”-Cretaceous Jiaguan Formation that crops out on Laoying Mountain, Qijiang County. Xing et al. (2007) attributed these tracks to hadrosaurids (Caririchnium lotus), ankylosaurids (Qijiangpus sinensis), and the small theropod (Wupus agilis). In 2009, The Expedition located several new track-bearing layers from the same tracksite, including three-dimensional tracks. In 2011, The Expedition found two pterosaur trackways from the same tracksite.


Lianhua Baozhai (Lotus Mountain Fortress), Qijiang, Chongqing City, China, where abundant and diverse dinosaur tracks, fortress structures and word carvings of past dynasties are exceptionally preserved. The Lianhua Baozhai historic monuments can be traced back to the Southern Song Dynasty Baoyou 4th Year (A.D. 1256). These historic monuments are found along with an abundance of dinosaur tracks (especially hadrosaurid tracks), representing at least five different preservation types, and constituting direct evidence for the long-term inhabitation of ancient Chinese people at this dinosaur track site (perhaps longer than 700 years). The name of the Lianhua Baozhai reflects their belief that the track site represented lotus leaf veins (the mud cracks) and petals (the hadrosaurid tracks) submerged in water (the ripple marks).


Symposium Topics

  • Ichnology
  • General paleontology
  • Paleobotany
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Micropaleontology
  • Evolution of dinosaurs
  • Geotourism

Nov. 27, 2012 Registion
Nov. 28, 2012 Symposium and Welcoming Dinner
Nov. 29, 2012 Symposium and visit the Qijiang Geological Museum.
Nov. 30, 2012 Field Excursion (Track site: Lotus Mountain fortress; and Petrified wood Park)

Conference Proceedings
You can submit a dinosaur track paper to the Symposium (Not only the Symposium members but also the dinosaur tracks colleague can submit.). The Conference Proceedings (English) will published in China as a book. We will invite Lockley MG, Harris JD, and Gierlinski G to review and edit this book.

Chongqing Municipal Government, China.

Chongqing District Bureau of Land and Resources, China.
Qijiang District Municipal Government
Qijiang Geological Museum


Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
Qijiang Government adviser, Chongqing Municipality, China.


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