Hezheng Paleozoological Museum Achieved WRCA World Record Title

On September 11, 2021, a paleozoological museum achieved the crown of World Record title – Hezheng Paleozoological Museum, located in Hezheng County, Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, was verified by the WRCA as owning the largest collection of Platybelodon skull fossils. The collection contains 24 items of Platybelodon skull fossils, which were aged 3 months to over 40 years old. 

Established in 2003, Hezheng Paleozoological Museum is a secondary state-level museum. The museum is divided into two parts: first museum exhibition and second museum exhibition. The total area accounts for 4.33 hectares and the building area is 8,000 square meters. There are more than 30,000 kinds of ancient animal fossil collections which consist of 3 classes, 8 orders and 150 species. The A-level fossils are more than 50, the B-level are 180 and the C-level are 350.

Hezheng Paleozoological Museum totally has more than 1,500 high-quality fossil representatives of four ancient animal groups in different ages on display; categorized as Hezheng Fossils Exhibition of Four Ancient Animal Groups and Hezheng Ecological Rehabilitated Exhibits of Four Ancient Animal Groups. And Fossils Exhibition of Four Ancient Animal Groups has been honored as the Excellent Award in the 10th National Museum Top 10 Exhibitions. Since it was founded, the visitors to Hezheng Ancient Animal Museum have reached one million. The museum is named after National Science Education Base for Adolescents and Youths, Patriotism Education Base of Gansu Province, Eco-Construction and Green Environment Education and Demonstration Base of Gansu Province and Research Base attached to Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

According to paleontologists, the Linxia Basin used to have a subtropical-warm temperature zone climate, and was a paradise for many kinds of animals in the the Miocene epoch of 24 to 5.2 million years ago. The strong uplift of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau during the Late Cenozoic dramatically affected the environment and the evolution of mammals in the area. The area is rich in fossils and Hezheng has spent more than 200 million yuan building a paleozoological museum to hold more than 30,000 animal fossils of over 70 different specis/genera have been excavated over the past half century. 

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