Dozens of fossilized dinosaur eggs were found in the Chinese city of Heyuan in Guangdong province by construction workers laying sewer pipes on April 20, the People’s Daily Online reports.
A total of 43 giant eggs, 19 of which were completely intact, were reportedly found and were taken to Heyuan Dinosaur Museum, the first time such a big number were discovered in the city in one location.
“There are fossilized dinosaur eggs everywhere in the red sandstone layer but they were never found because the city was built on top of the layers,” Head Curator Du Yanli said.
Du added there are about 17,000 dinosaur egg fragments found in Heyuan since 1996, earning the city the reputation as being the “home of the dinosaurs”. The museum also boasted of a Guinness Book of World Records for having the largest collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs in the world with 10,008.
Museum deputy-director Huang Zhiqing told CNN that most of the eggs in the collection belong to oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs, creatures that lived during the Cretaceous period more than 80 million years ago.
Most of the egg’s diameter measured between 10 and 12 centimeters but the largest is said to be 13 centimeters across and well-preserved by the sandstone layer.
“With the recent road and sewage system upgrade, the red sandstone layer is being exposed and has led to the discovery of the fossils,” the curator added. (Click here to read more)