While carrying out road repairs, the workers discovered 43 fossilized eggs. The museum officials say that 19 them are almost intact. The finding is obviously extraordinary.
While carrying out road repairs, the workers discovered 43 fossilized eggs. The museum officials say that 19 of them are almost intact.
The finding is obviously extraordinary. Eggs were calmly waiting for their “rebirth” under one of the Heyuan city streets, the southern Chinese province of Guandong.
However, the area is not new to archaeological digs. The city won a Guinness World Record for the most numerous collection of dinosaur eggs at its museum in 2004. Publicity has given to Heyuan a special name – “Home of Dinosaurs”.
The deputy director of the Heyuan Museum, Huang Zhiqing, said the fossil has been never founded in the bustling downtown before.
Soon after the government had found out about the finding, road repair work was paused and a team of researchers jumped down into a ditch to dig out the stone remains of dinosaurs’ unborn children.
Researchers are going to continue examining the eggs in laboratories, because they need more time and technical supply to determine which dinosaur species they belong to.
Later scientists said that the largest one from those 49 eggs measures as much as 13 centimeters (5 inches) in diameter.
The majority of the museum’s collection belongs to oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaur species that roamed the earth 89 million years ago.
Heyuan is really rich for findings of dinosaur period. More than 17,000 eggs have been discovered since the first fossils were found there in 1996 by a group of little children playing with a sandpit near the construction site.