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Tussle over fossils in China

Scientists in Beijing want to study specimens found in fossil-rich Liaoning, but regional officials prefer them housed in local museums

The sound of shale crunching underfoot fills the air as Mr Cui Dongmin climbs a mound at the Beipiao Bird Fossil National Nature Reserve.

Picking up a piece of shale, he casually splits it apart with a rock to reveal the fossilised remains of a plant from millions of years ago.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2019, with the headline 'China's fight over fossils'. Subscribe