A nest of perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs have been discovered under a construction site in China.
Up to 30 fossolised eggs were found by construction workers on Christmas Day in the city of Ganzhou, which is known in China as the ‘hometown of dinosaurs’, according to Chinese state media.
Archaeologists said the incredible eggs were about 130 million years old. The giant eggs were discovered on December 25 in Ganzhou’s Dayu County under the construction site of a middle school, reported People’s Daily Online.
The workers were said to see a cluster of ‘oval-shaped stones’ in earth when they were breaking the ground with explosives. A number of black debris measuring 2mm thick were seen lodged between the oval rocks.
The workers suspected they were dinosaur eggs, so they immediately held the construction and informed the police. The police sealed the site and alerted the staff at the county museum.
According to experts from the Dayu County Museum, the eggs were fossolised dinosaur eggs and they were from the Cretaceous period, the last period of the age of dinosaurs, reported China News.
The black debris were the fossilised egg shells. The fossolised eggs are being kept at the museum for further studies. Situated in the southern part of Jiangxi Province in south-east China, Ganzhou has been crowned as the ‘hometown of dinosaurs‘.
Chinese people call dinosaurs the ‘scary dragons’. The city and its surrounding areas are known for a rich deposit of dinosaur eggs, especially those of Oviraptors.
Oviraptors were small, feathered dinosaurs living in an area covering modern Mongolia and Mainland China.
They were thought to walk on two legs and had parrot-like beaks and shared another characteristic with modern birds – they brooded clutches of eggs at a temperature similar to chickens.
Six oviraptorosaurian dinosaurs have been named after Ganzhou, according to Nature.com, including the Ganzhousaurus, or Ganzhou Lizard.
A partial skeleton of a Ganzhousaurus was found in the Nanxiong Formation near Ganzhou. The remains were thought to be 66 to 72.1 million years old. It dated back to Maastrichtian, the latest stage of the Cretaceous period.