Chinese workers unearth preserved fossilized dinosaur eggs

Chinese workers unearth preserved fossilized dinosaur eggs

Terrifying beasts called the dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Changes in the climate as well as a few meteor strikes ended the reign of these giant lizards. In the present world, we only know of their existence thanks to their fossilized remains. In 2015, we got to learn more about these extinct creatures when road workers from China discovered dinosaur eggs.

The quiet city of Heyuan in Guangdong province became known as the ‘home of the dinosaurs.’ The town earned this title when several of its road workers made an amazing discovery in 2015.

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In April, while digging for a road work, Chinese workers unearthed forty-three fossilized dinosaur eggs. Researchers estimated that the dinosaur eggs were roughly 130 million years old. After the discovery, they were handed over to Chinese Academy of Sciences for further study.

The surprised experts found that almost nineteen of the eggs were still unhatched after inspecting them. The dinosaur eggs are believed to belong to a sauropod – a long-necked dinosaur which roamed the Earth 150 million years ago.

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As a result, the scientific community celebrated the magnitude of this discovery. But this discovery, no matter how big, does not immediately warrant Heyuan to be dubbed as the ‘home of the dinosaurs.’ According to a report from IFL Science, this is not the first time that dinosaur remains have been discovered in Heyuan.

In the mid-90’s, a group of schoolboys discovered dinosaur eggs at a building site. Since then, more than 17,000 fragments of dinosaur remains have been unearthed in the city.

Due to these discoveries, the city’s museum director asked for the suspension of construction projects.

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SOURCES: IFL Science | South China Morning Post

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