China builds dam to protect dinosaur site

China has built a 1.5 kilometre earth dam to protect a dinosaur fossil site from being washed away by floods, state media said on Monday.

Workers in China’s northern Heilongjiang province took three years to complete the embankment, the Xinhua news agency said.

"The embankment could effectively protect the dinosaur mountain from threats of water erosion and floods," Li Jinshan, vice director of Jiayin Dinosaur National Geologic Park Administraive Bureau, was quoted as saying.

Thousands of dinosaur fossils have been unearthed from a mountain that adjoins the river forming the China-Russia boundary and 13 skeletons have been assembled, Xinhua added.

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