The Chinese city that holds the record for having the largest number of dinosaur eggs in the world found a new batch to add to its impressive collection.
Construction workers dug up 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs during road repair work in Heyuan city in the Southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Sunday, according to officials
The city calls itself the “Home of Dinosaurs” and has won a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs at its museum in 2004.
Huang Zhiqing, a director of the Heyuan Museum, said that it was the first time the fossils have been discovered in the bustling city center.
The road repair work was halted as a team of scientists and construction workers jumped down into the pit to dig out the fossils.
In total, nineteen of the eggs are completely intact, with the largest measuring as much as 5 inches in diameter, Huang said.
The scientists said they will continue to examine the fossils to determine which species of dinosaur they belong to.
Many of the eggs in the museum’s collection belong to oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs, which prowled Southern China 89 million years ago.
Over 17,000 dinosaur eggs have been uncovered in and around the city since the first group of fossils was found by children playing at a construction site in 1996, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.