The city calls itself the "Home of Dinosaurs."
The Chinese city of Heyuan boasts that they have uncovered tens of thousands of dinosaur eggs in the past two decades, and they’ve just added a huge new batch to their collection.
Since their first discovery in 1996, the city has unearthed more than 17,000 fossilized eggs and many of them were found by civilians rather than scientists. In fact, the first group of eggs was found by a group of children playing at a construction site. They falsely believed that the huge items were stones.
With this new batch of 43 eggs, workers were repairing a road when they jumped into the ditch after seeing glimpses of eggs. The repair was stopped to preserve the eggs and see how many more were in the opening.
A total of 19 eggs were completely intact and will be tested by researchers to determine what kind of dinosaur they belonged to. In the past, the majority of the tested eggs turned out to be oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs, which roamed the earth 89 million years ago. The largest of the eggs measured at 5 inches in diameter.
The city, which calls itself ‘Home of Dinosaurs’, was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004 for having the world’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs in their museum. The Heyuan Museum’s deputy director, Huang Zhiqing, told CNN that this is the first time that eggs have been uncovered in the city center.
Among the other dinosaur-related discoveries that have occurred in the city are dozens of dinosaur skeletons and footprints, which helped inspire the city government to spend millions on constructing the dinosaur theme park and museum. Though the park is small, it has helped put the city with a population of 3.3 million on the map.
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