Imagine being hired to do road construction on a major roadway. Now, picture that during the project, you are digging and come upon some eggs – some very large dinosaur eggs.
With Steven Spielberg’s upcoming and long awaited sequel to Jurassic Park coming to theaters this summer, it feels fitting that Chinese road workers should discover the 43 perfectly persevered egg fossils.
The Dinosaur Eggs were laid during the Cretaceous Age, around 70 million years ago. They were found in April at the ‘Home of Dinosaurs’, Heyuan city, southern China.
According to the International Business Times UK:
Du Yanli, the director of the Heyuan Dinosaur Museum, said the eggs were predominately large with one egg reportedly measuring 13cm in diameter and 19 eggs found fully intact, reported the South China Morning Post.
“There are fossilised dinosaur eggs everywhere in the red sandstone layer but they were never found because the city was built on top of the layers,” said Yanli.
“With the recent road and sewage system upgrade, the red sandstone layer is being exposed and has led to the discovery of the fossils.”
The Chinese Academy of Sciences is presently examining the eggs to determine the species of dinosaur they belong to.
A total of 17,000 fragments of fossilised eggs have so far been found in the Heyuan city, which has a population of 3.3 million, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest number of dinosaur eggs.
Most of the eggs found in China belong to the Late Cretaceous Age from some 65 to 100 million years ago.
In 2012, over 40 fossilised dinosaur eggs were discovered in Chechnya.
The eggs that were found to date back 60 to 80 million years contained fossilised shells, egg and egg yolk.
Palaeontologists have studied the extinct creatures using dinosaur bones and eggs found over time.
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