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Road Repairs Unearth 43 Dinosaur Eggs

Friday, April 24, 2015

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HEYUAN, CHINA—A road crew in southern China was working at a construction site when they discovered 43 dinosaur egg fossils.

The eggs, 19 of which were fully intact, were found while workers were upgrading a road in Heyuan in the Guangdong province Sunday (April 19), according to TechTimes.com.

Henyuan dinosaur eggs
Photos: Facebook / CCTVNews

Henyuan is home to the world's largest collection of dinosaur eggs with over 10,000 individual samples, according to the Guinness World Records.

The largest egg was five inches in diameter. The fossils are thought to be from the late Cretaceous period, which dates 89-65 million years ago.

'Home of the Dinosaurs'

Heyuan has nicknamed itself "Home of the Dinosaurs," and is listed in the Guinness World Records as being home to the world's largest collection of dinosaur eggs with over 10,000 individual samples as of November 2004.

Du Yanli, curator of the Heyuan Museum, told CCTVNews that scientists will have to examine the eggs to identify the species they may belong to.

According to Du, the region's abundance of red sandstone rock formations makes it a likely home to dinosaur egg fossils.

The eggs, 19 of which were fully intact, were found while workers were upgrading a road in Heyuan in the Guangdong province Sunday (April 19).

Du said many other remains could possibly be found around the city and construction projects should be halted when fossils are unearthed.

The eggs are with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, UPI.com reported.

   

Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; China; Construction; Historic Preservation; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways

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