70-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Eggs Found in Foshan

By Matthew Bossons, April 24, 2017

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On Monday, April 17, the Guangdong city of Foshan played host to an exciting discovery when 70-million-year-old dinosaur eggs were uncovered at a construction site.

The fossilized eggs were found at a depth of 8 meters, buried in red sandstone, where researchers say they have remained since the late Cretaceous period, according to Science Alert

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Qiu Licheng, from the Guangdong Archaeological Institute, stated on a CCTV report that five eggs were unearthed, although three were destroyed but “still visible” in the rock.

"The other two have their imprints on the stone. The eggs were round in shape, belonging to phytophagous (plant-eating) dinosaurs," said Qiu.

The prehistoric eggs measure roughly 13-14 centimeters in diameter.

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While this exciting discovery may come as a surprise to some, dinosaur fossils turn up regularly in Guangdong, with the city of Heyuan, located two-and-a-half hours from Guangzhou, often being referred to as “the hometown of the dinosaur.”

READ MORE: Chinese Dinosaur Had Crazy, Super-Long Neck

Over 13,000 dino eggs have been discovered in Heyuan since 1995, earning the city a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of dinosaur eggs. The last major find in the city happened in April of 2015, when construction workers stumbled across 43 egg fossils.

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The Cretaceous eggs discovered in Foshan last week are currently being examined at a local museum

READ MORE: Dinosaur Hits the Streets of Foshan

[Image via Science Alert, Sky News]


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