Scientists are stunned with a newly discovered batch of dinosaur eggs discovered in China.
Earlier this week, construction workers in China discovered 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs after completing roadwork in Heyuan City.
According to the curator of the city’s dinosaur Museum, at least 19 of the eggs were still intact. Some of the eggs were nearly a foot in diameter, making them some of the biggest discovered in recent years. The eggs have been sent to the museum for further research.
The city of Heyuan in Guangdong province is widely known as “Home of Dinosaurs.” The city holds the largest collection of dinosaur egg fossils in the world with nearly 11,000. The city holds the Guinness world record for the largest collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs.
“This particular area of China is actually world famous for (its) abundance of dinosaur eggs,” says David Evans, the Royal Ontario Museum’s curator of vertebrate paleontology.
Fossilized dinosaur eggs are some of the rarest fossils on earth. The eggs themselves appear to be nothing more than round rocks with some jagged pieces.
According to CNN, construction workers on the site joined in assisting the workers dig and remove the fossilized dinosaur eggs. Nearly 43 eggs were found, and researchers will continue to examine the recently discovered eggs in order to discover which species of dinosaur they belong to.
According to recent reports, the batch of eggs likely belong to oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs, but it is suspected that other species of dinosaurs also use the area to lay eggs. According to paleontologist the area was a prime place for dinosaurs to lay eggs due to the nature of the environment and the location.
The region, as it turns out, is also a particularly rich area of China for fossil preservation. China has become a hotbed for fossil discoveries in recent years, as the country continues to emerge as one of the world’s leading economies. Paleontologist from all over the world flock to the country in order to travel to its most remote regions where many of the fossils remain untouched and undiscovered. China’s Liaoning province, for example, was the site of several crucial discoveries of fossilized Sinosauropteryx, a species covered in primitive feathers. The finds helped strengthen researchers’ theories that birds are derived from dinosaurs.