Scientists have uncovered ancient dinosaur egg fossils, believed to date up to 70 million years back near a construction zone in the southeast region of China.
They have discovered five shells that have been buried in sandstone in China’s Guangdong Province, Foshan. The eggs were found buried below 26 feet, believed to have been conserved since the Cretaceous time.
Qiu Licheng, a researcher from Guangdong’s Archaeological Institute told China Central TV that they have discovered 5 eggs, 3 of which were destroyed. However, they are still quite visible.
He stated, “The other two have their imprints on the stone. The eggs were round in shape, belonging to phytophagous [plant-eating] dinosaurs.”
An interesting fact about the egg fossils is that they measure from 5.1-5.5 inches in diameter and were revealed in big portions of red sandstone exhumed from a local site. The amazing footage from the finding can be seen in the video below.
The exact age of the eggs or which species they belong to cannot yet be confirmed without further investigation into the discovery. However, concurring with the archeologists, we can state that the eggshells were indeed in impaired form, fluctuating in amount. What we can state for sure is that the shells were filled with sandstone, with their exterior still quite evident.
Although this is an interesting finding, it is not the first time dinosaur eggs have been found in exactly these regions of China. They are currently under observation at a local museum, with the results waiting to be confirmed.
The dinosaur eggs were found in Sanshui Basin, specifically in Foshan. This area encloses high levels of animal and plant life, which makes sense of the dinosaur egg findings. Nonetheless, as stated previously, this is not the first discovery found nearby. Dating back to the 1980s, they have also been unveiled near Heyun, findings of 43 dinosaur eggs.
When speaking about the Sanshui Basin, according to Foshan’s main geologist, Liu Jianxiong, one should take note that it is quite rich in fossils such as dinosaur eggs and that it is full of minerals. What a fascinating discovery.
Jianxiong concludes by saying that the findings are of vital value to their research on alluvial and paleoclimate.