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Grand Opening of the Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae Straw Dinosaur Sculpture from Northeastern Thailand Experience
17 March 2017 -- MSU held the Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae Straw Dinosaur Sculpture opening ceremony at the northeastern gateway to the MSU Khamriang Campus.
MSU Palaeontological Research and Education Centre created the giant rice-straw dinosaur sculpture and held a grand ceremony marking the erection of a full-length rice-straw dinosaur sculpture. Maha Sarakham Governor Sanae Nonthachot presided over the opening ceremony when MSU President Prof. Dr. Sampan Rittidech, D. Eng. delivered a welcome speech to all the distinguished guests, provincial staff, MSU administrators, visitors and media representatives attended the event.
This Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae dinosaur sculpture is the first Isaan rice-straw dinosaur sculpture model in Thailand standing 6 metres tall, and 14 metres wide intended to reflect and tell the story of the living dinosaurs 200 million years ago, where paleontologists found nine species of Thai dinosaurs in Isaan.
Phuwiangosaurus (meaning "Phu Wiang lizard") is a genus of dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous. It was a titanosaur which lived in Thailand. The type species, P. sirindhornae, was described by Martin, Buffetaut, and Suteethorn in 1994; it was named to honour Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, who was interested in the geology and palaeontology of Thailand.
Dr. Warawut Sutreetorn, Director of MSU Palaeontological Research and Education Centre, said: “Thailand has an excellent record of non-marine Mesozoic environments, ranging in age from the Triassic to the Cretaceous. Many localities in several parts of the country have yielded abundant fossils, including plants, invertebrates and vertebrates. Since 1980, a Thai-French cooperation on Mesozoic vertebrates from Thailand has resulted in the discovery of many important sites and specimens, as well as in the publication of numerous scientific papers on the topic. Fossils of Mesozoic vertebrates are most abundant in the northeastern region of Thailand, where the Thai-French palaeontologists concentrated their work.”
“Since MSU is located right in the center of the region serving as the learning center for the communities, creating this dinosaur sculpture model is the missions of its Palaeontological Research and Education Center to carry out various research activities in the field of its Paleontology and to provide palaeontological education to the students, tourists, locals, and those who are interested,” said President Sampan Rittidech.
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