Zhao Xijin

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Zhao Xijin (赵喜进) is a Chinese paleontologist notable for having named numerous dinosaurs. He is currently a professor at Beijing's Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology.[1]



Paul Sereno and Xijin went on a dinosaur fossil hunt in 2005 to Tibet to look for a site that Xijin had found 27 years prior. Before this hunt, in 2001, they had been engaged in a dig in the Gobi Desert. This involved a rock quarry that led them to finding 25 skeletons of the species Sinornithomimus dongi.[2][3]

In 2008, Xijin was involved in and in charge of a dig in Zhucheng that consisted of digging out a "980 ft-long pit". The site has unearthed more than 7,600 fossils through Xijin's work.[4][5] It is believed to be the largest such site in the world. The majority of the fossils found appeared to be from the Late Cretaceous period.[6]

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Besides the above, Zhao Xijin also named the family Mamenchisauridae (with Young Chung Chien, 1972).


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