The largest Jurassic dinosaur fossil in China was discovered on April 15, 2012 in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China.  The herbivorous sauropod dinosaur was 35 meters in length, and weighed about 30 tonnes according to China Research Society or Paleontology.  The fossil was discovered in a stratum of the Middle Jurassic Period, about 165 million years ago.

In this prehistoric region lies the Mori Forest of Diversiform-leaved Poplars.  With a history of only 65 million years, pale in comparison to the dinosaur remains, the forest is the oldest primeval forest of diversiform-leaved poplars in the world, and is known as "living fossil".  Faced with broiling heat and droughts, the forest still stands in the desert, brimming with energy and life.  The trees are described as "having the ability to grow erect for a thousand years, live for a thousand years after falling, and the life remain undying after death  for another thousand years."  Far away from urban and rural areas, the forest contains about 30,000 diversiform-leaved poplars with an average age of 200-400 years.  The oldest tree, known as the "ancestor tree", has lived there for over 1,000 years with its trunk measuring 3.1 meters in diameter.  

This series was photographed in the forest during early winter when most of the leaves had fallen.  Among the 30,000 poplars, many of the poplars have beautiful shapes and forms.  They are dead yet undying.  I found these dancers posing for me on a beautiful early winter day.

BONBON WANG

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