Chinese construction workers have made quite a discovery on Christmas Day.
The crew was digging the foundation for a new school in the city of Ganzhou when they stumbled across about 30 incredibly well preserved fossilized eggs of dinosaur. Experts examined the fossilized eggs and suggested that they are about 130 million years old, putting them in the Cretaceous Period.
All the dinosaur eggs recovered from the site are fully intact despite the use of explosive material. They resemble oval-shaped stones with some black fragment - up to 2mm thick – laying between them. The black fragments are believed to be fossilized egg shells.
“More than 11 o'clock in the morning, construction workers blasting earthwork at the construction site. As they prepared to break down the boulder after it was exploded, it was found that there were some oval stones and black fragments of about 2 mm in thickness, suspected of dinosaur egg fossils. So stop working immediately and contact the local museum.” China News reported.
The dinosaur eggs were found in Dayu County. The location once had an ancient lakeshore, a place ideal for the reproduction of reptiles like dinosaurs.
This is not the first time dinosaur eggs have been discovered in China. Most recently paleontologists have uncovered more than 200 fossilized eggs belonging to the flying reptiles, the airborne cousins of dinosaurs, in Northwestern China. It was the largest collection of fossilized pterosaur eggs found so far.
The new dinosaur eggs, however, are found in a different site. At present, the eggs are transported to a museum where researchers will further analyze them to determine their species.
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Hira Bashir covers daily affairs around the world.