Forty-three fossilized dinosaur eggs have been discovered in China, which has excited many researchers.
Workers in China’s southern city Heyuan have accidently discovered 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs while working on a road. They added that 19 of those eggs are fully intact. The largest egg was seven inches big. These eggs have now been sent to the Heyuan Museum. The researchers, who have now taken over the site, have added that the species of the eggs is not yet known. They also added that fossils of dinosaurs have been regularly found in this region.
David Evans, Royal Ontario Museum’s curator of vertebrate paleontology, and who was not connected with the find, said, “This particular area of China is in fact world famous for (its) abundance of dinosaur eggs. It’s just a quirk of fossil preservation … certain regions in the past had environments that were favorable for dinosaurs to lay their eggs, and those places were also good places for the eggs to become fossilized.”
The Heyuan Museum currently has fossils of oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs that roamed earth 89 million years ago. Since 1996 when the first group of fossils was found in the city, around 17,000 dinosaur eggs have been unearthed. It also has the largest collection of fossilized eggs, and was awarded the Guinness Book of Record title for that in 1996. It had 10,008 eggs in 1996. However, since then 17,000 more eggs have been unearthed. The city of Heyuan is popularly known as the ‘Home of Dinosaurs’.
Zhao Zikui from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Palaeoanthropology, and who is part of the study, said, “Dinosaur egg fossils recovered in China accounted for one-third the total amount found worldwide, and we credit the red sandstone formations found in the city for helping to keep the fossilized eggs well preserved. “
The researchers have added that they will now conduct tests on the eggs to find the species and then start the preservation process on them.