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Palaeontology

Fossilized dinosaur eggs unearthed in China

April 23, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments



This mock-up imagines what a hatching dinosaur might have been like. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Xenophon
Discovered near Foshan in the southeast of the country, the eggs date back over 70 million years.
The well-preserved fossils, which were found in red sandstone approximately 8ft beneath the surface, belonged to a species of plant-eating dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period.

"We found five eggs: three were destroyed, but they are still visible," said Qiu Licheng from Guangdong's Archaeological Institute. "The other two have their imprints on the stone."

"The eggs were round in shape, belonging to phytophagous dinosaurs."

The region in which the eggs were found has become synonymous with prehistoric discoveries.

"There are two things special about the Sanshui Basin: one, it's rich in minerals, two is that it's rich in fossils, like dinosaur eggs," said Foshan's chief geologist Liu Jianxiong.

Source: Sky News | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Carnivorfox 5 years ago
"plant-eating phytophagous" - that's comically redundant.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Gary Meadows 5 years ago
Your comment is comically pretentious.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Carnivorfox 5 years ago
You don't actually know what phytophagous means, do you?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
The face of the dino in the pic resembles a parrot or turtle. Is that a pic of one of the eggs that were just found?
Comment icon #5 Posted by oldrover 5 years ago
It doesn't really give the species in the article, it just says they're 'plant eating phytophagous dinosaurs', which as Carnoferox points out that just means 'plant eating plant eating dinosaurs'.  I think the model of the baby in the egg is just put there as a generic sort of picture. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Gary Meadows 5 years ago
Yes.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Carnivorfox 5 years ago
Phytophagous literally means "plant eating", so saying "plant eating phytophagous" is saying "plant eating plant eating", hence the redundancy.
Comment icon #8 Posted by comtess 5 years ago
Carnivorfox - I think what Gary Meadows is trying to say is that you sound a little pretentious for assuming that everybody must know the Ancient Greek and Latin for
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Its those ruddy English Gentlemen ... ~   [00.02:31] ~ ... there even are places, where ENglish completely disappears  ...  


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