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43 dinosaur eggs unearthed in China

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2015 · Comment icon 14 comments



Thousands of eggs have been found in Heyuan over the years. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Peter Maas
Several dozen fossilized eggs were discovered by builders carrying out repairs at the side of a road.
The city of Heyuan in China's Guangdong province is certainly no stranger to palaeontological discoveries having previously earned a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of dinosaur eggs on the planet. In total more than 13,000 of them have been unearthed over the last two decades within the city's vicinity.

This latest discovery saw a total of 43 eggs being hauled up from the ground by construction workers including 19 that were still intact. The largest of the batch measured 13cm in diameter.
It isn't clear just yet which species of dinosaur the eggs belong to however researchers will be examining the fossils over the coming weeks to learn as much as possible about them.

The first eggs found in the city were unearthed at a building site in 1995 by a group of schoolboys who at the time thought that what they'd found had been nothing more than stones.

Since then Heyuan has become renowned for its rich palaeontological treasures which have also included a wide range of fossilized dinosaur bones and footprints.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by GreenmansGod 8 years ago
Cool, now I know for sure that one of my rocks is a fossilized egg, I thought I had a picture of it on my computer, but I can't find. Lost among the endless files of pictures. I'll take another one and post it soon.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Jurassic Park here we come! Hope they aren't Raptor eggs. Fixed typo.
Comment icon #7 Posted by TripGun 8 years ago
China is saturating the market.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Sundew 8 years ago
It's China, they're dragon eggs.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Athena1979 8 years ago
Those were some horny, dead beat dinosaur parents. "Honey, how are the kids doing?" "Oh theyre fine. Theyre eggs. Wanna go fertilize some more eggs?"
Comment icon #10 Posted by Misanthropic 8 years ago
That's an awesome find. Wouldn't it be great if science guys and gals could extract DNA and clone them? Awesome? Yes. Terrifying? Yeah, probably but i'd love to see it! i think i'll write a movie about this very subject. i'll call it Jurassic... something... it's a work in progress.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Gaden 8 years ago
By definition, fossils no longer contain organic matter. They are, essentially, copies of the original made out of rock. So, no omelets, no DNA. Doesn't make it any less of an amazing find, just in different terms.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jacker 8 years ago
It's a fabolous fact that after certain time, organic matter like eggs turns into stone. I still think that it's possible to find some DNA in the egg. Given to right team of scientists, we would witness a true miracle of our time! - Jacker
Comment icon #13 Posted by S2F 8 years ago
I'm surprised they haven't been ground up and sold as an aphrodisiac or something already.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Cherry- 8 years ago
burn it like khaleesi did and have a pet dragoon


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