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China building boom uncovers buried dinosaurs, makes a star

  • In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, workers excavate a dinosaur dig site in Yanji, China. The excavation, led by paleontologist Xu Xin, begun after construction crews erecting new apartment buildings accidentally uncovered dinosaur bones and other fossils, dating back 100 million years. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

  • In this Sept. 12, 2018, photo, a dinosaur model stands near the site of a future dinosaur museum in Yanji, China. Paleontologist Xu Xing opened a dig site in Yanji after construction crews erecting new apartment buildings accidentally uncovered dinosaur bones and other fossils, dating back 100 million years. (AP Photo/Christina Larson)

  • In this Sept. 12, 2018, photo, paleontologist Xu Xing leads a dig site, foreground, next to new apartments being constructed in Yanji, China. The excavation was begun after construction crews uncovered dinosaur bones and other fossils, dating back 100 million years. (AP Photo/Christina Larson)

  • In this Sept. 12, 2018, photo, paleontologist Xu Xing stands in front of a dig site in Yanji, China. The excavation was begun after construction crews erecting new apartment buildings, visible in the background, accidentally uncovered dinosaur bones and other fossils, dating back 100 million years. (AP Photo/Christina Larson)

  • In this Sept. 12, 2018, photo, paleontologist Xu Xing examines an ancient crocodile skull and teeth, recovered from a dig site in Yanji, China. The excavation was begun after construction crews erecting new apartment buildings accidentally uncovered dinosaur bones and other fossils, dating back 100 million years. (AP Photo/Christina Larson)

  • In this Sept. 13, 2018, photo, paleontologist Xu Xing brushes away sediment to examine fossils recovered from a dig site in Yanji, China. The excavation, led by Xu, begun after construction crews erecting new apartment buildings accidentally uncovered dinosaur bones and other fossils, dating back 100 million years. (AP Photo/Christina Larson)

YANJI, China — At the end of a street of newly built high-rises in the northern Chinese city of Yanji stands an exposed cliff face, where paleontologists scrape away 100 million-year-old rock in search of prehistoric bones.

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