Construction workers in China accidentally unearth dozens of dinosaur eggs

Huffington Post/The Verge:

Heyuan is a city in the mountainous Guandong province of southern China that bills itself as the “Home of the Dinosaurs,” and rightfully so. In 2004 the local museum was awarded a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs (10,008 at the time), and almost 17,000 egg fossils have been found there since 1996. That number just grew a tiny bit larger earlier this month after construction workers stumbled upon 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs in the red sandstone beneath the roads they were repairing. Some measured up to 5 inches across, and 19 of them were fully intact.

The crew was working on a road in the city of Heyuan when they discovered 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs, including 19 that were fully intact. The largest was more than 7 inches in diameter.

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Heyuan is not just a hotspot for fossilized eggs — 11 fossilized skeletons and almost 200 footprint fossils have been discovered since 2006, according to a 2008 report from China Daily. While it’s too early to tell what species the eggs belong to, other eggs found in the area date between 65 and 89 million years old.

The Heyuan Museum received a Guinness World Record in 2004 for having 10,008 dinosaur eggs — the largest collection anywhere.

Du Yanli, the museum’s curator, said the red sandstone formations common to the area make the fossilized egg finds so common, CCTV News reported.

This month’s discovery is the first in the city center, according to the South China Morning Post.

The eggs will now be analyzed to determine their species.

Chinese workers carry fossilized dinosaur eggs discovered during road construction in Heyuan, China, on April 19, 2015.

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