Construction Workers Discover Preserved Dinosaur Eggs
For construction workers in China, Christmas delivered an unexpected gift—a nest of dinosaur eggs uncovered at an excavation site.
Around Christmas Day 2017, construction workers were digging up a school site when one person discovered what was then thought to be a large, oval-shaped stone. What it turned out to be was a nest of prehistoric eggs.
Uncovering the Past
At the time of the initial discovery, construction workers were using explosives for soil blasting in excavating the property. According to Tech News, work came to a stop as those onsite realized that what they had uncovered were more than just stones. Police were called, and the area was sectioned off to allow paleontologists to collect the eggs, where they were then taken to Dayu County Museum for identification.
Reports indicate that the eggs are 130 million years old, and were laid during the Cretaceous Period, which occurred in the Mesozoic Era. This period is also known as the end of the dinosaurs, though the cause is largely unknown to this day. During this period, the majority of both marine and flying reptiles were killed.
Ganzhou City, where the eggs were found, has been called “the hometown of dinosaurs in China” due to the belief that dinosaurs once inhabited the area, and that Daya County itself is thought to be a lakeshore, marking the area as a solid reproduction ground for prehistoric creatures.
While some recent reports claim that the eggs are Oviraptors’, the Daya County Museum has yet to reveal a definitive report about the find.
Museum Director Liu Xiaoming said, “This is a fossilized emerald fossil. Its year is generally in the Cretaceous period dating back to 130 million years or so. This nest has complete eggs; there should be between 20 and 30.”