Dinosaur eggs dug up by road crew in southern China

Dinosaur eggs dug up by road crew in southern China

They might look like they belong on the set of Game of Thrones, but these 43 fossilised eggs are not dragons.

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Yep, they're real dinosaur eggs.
Yep, they're real dinosaur eggs.
Photo: SCMP Pictures

They might look like they belong on the set of Game of Thrones, but these 43 fossilised eggs are not dragons. The dinosaur eggs were found in southern China while a road was being upgraded, state media reported.

The fossils were discovered earlier this month during road works in Heyuan in Guangdong province, the website Chinanews.com reported.

The eggs were large with one 13cm in diameter, Du Yanli, the director of the city’s Dinosaur Museum, was quoted as saying. Nineteen were completely intact.

Experts at the Chinese Academy of Sciences will examine the eggs to find out what species of dinosaur they belonged to, the report said.

Heyuan has dubbed itself the “Home of Dinosaurs”.

The city authorities say 17,000 fragments of fossilised dinosaur eggs have been found in the area since the first discovery was made on a river bank in 1996.

The latest discovery is the first of its kind to be made in central areas of the city, the report said.

Du said it was possible that many other dinosaur remains would be found.

A farmer in Heyuan was detained by the police in 2004 after 557 fossilised dinosaur eggs were found at his home which he had not reported to the authorities.

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