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Phu Wiang National Park This national park always reminds tourists about dinosaurs. Indeed, nobody had formerly ever though the Isan plateau was once home of dinosaurs. Until 1976 when a uranium survey team discovered a piece of fossil, which was examined by French specialists and declared that it was a left knee bone of a dinosaur. After that, serious execration has never ended until now. On the hill Pratu Ti Ma, which was the first site, geologists have found fossils of a dinosaur, 15 metres high with a long neck and tail. This is a kind of plant-eating dinosaur never found else where before, so it was named Phuwiangosaurus Sirindhornae to honour HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. In this site, over ten teeth of a meat-eating dinosaur have also been found. So geologists and scientists presumed that the long-necked dinosaur was prey for these teeth's owner. Among these teeth's, one is different. After a study, scientist found that it belonged to a new species of dinosaur never found before. So it was named Siamosaurus Suteethorni after the discoverer, Mr. Warawuth Suteethorn.

All the three sites are not far from the headquarters, and tourists can also visit the second and

third sites nearby. Fossils of Siamotyrannus Isanensis found here are the oldest ones, dating

back 120-130 million years. This shows that tyrannosaurus originated in Asia. These

fossils are now displayed in the museum of the Department of Mineral Resources.At the 8th

site, there are 68 footprints of dinosaurs, dating back  140 million years ago. Most of them

belong to the world's smallest species of meat - eating dinosaur, which walked on two legs.

Among such footprints, there is one bigger footprint, assumed to belong to Carnosaurus.

These sites are 19 kilometres from the headquarters. It takes an hour to get there by car

and four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. In many sites, geologists found fossils of

dinosaur  babies, small crocodiles  and mussel’s dating back  to 150  million years ago.

Besides  fossils of  dinosaurs, there are also traces of  ancient  civilizations in this area

including a high  relief  of  the reclining  Buddha  on the cliff, at the crest of  Phu  Wiang

Mountain. The Buddha image was carved in the 9th century, mirroring an influence from

Indian art. Nearby is Tham Famue Daeng, Dang, or Red  Palm Cave, at  Ban  Hin  Rong.

The cave wall houses  prehistoric  paintings of cavemen's hands from sprays of red ochre.

Natural attractions in the park includes waterfalls and field of wild flowers. Namtok Thap

phaya Suea is a small waterfall near to Tham Famue Daeang. Namtok Tat Fa is a

15-metre high waterfall that can be reached by car. The waterfall is 18 kilometres from

Amphoe Phu Wiang. Some five kilometres from Namtok Tat Fa is Namtok Tat Klang which is a 8-metre high waterfall. Savanna and rock plateaus are always blanketed with wild flowers in full bloom by the end of the rainy season.

Phu Wiang National Park acquires a total area of 380 square kilometres in Amphoe Si Chomphu and Amphoe Chum Phae.

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