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Builders In China Discover Fossilised Dinosaur Eggs

Men engaged in construction works on a road situated in the south of China have made a spectacular discovery: 43 fossilised dinosaur eggs.

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The fossilised eggs. Photo credits: Corbis

43 dinosaur eggs were spotted earlier this month. The amazing discovery made by builders occurred in Heyuan, Guangdong Province, China. The city is actually nicknamed the “hometown of the dinosaur”. It has earned the name because of similar discoveries in the past: according to the records, more than 17,000 pieces of dinosaur eggs were found since the mid ‘90s. Heyuan is even mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the city with the greatest known collection of eggs of dinosaurs.

The species to which the eggs belong has not been confirmed yet.

A local archaeologist, Du Yanli, who is also the director of the city’s Dinosaur Museum, is reported to have explained that 19 of the eggs were found intact. Also, the largest of them was of diameter 13 cm.


Carefully removing the eggs. Photo credits: Corbis.

The eggs were brought to the Chinese Academy of Sciences for analysis.

Du Yanil affirmed that the construction projects should be halted if fossils are being unearthed from those sites. He believes that there might be many more eggs located in the city’s sandstone beds awaiting discovery.


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