On Monday, April 20, Chinese media revealed that a construction crew working on a road upgrade project in southern China’s Guangdong province in the Heyuan area discovered in early April a large find of dinosaur egg fossils — forty-three eggs measuring approximately five inches in diameter.
The city and surrounding area of Heyuan is called “Home of the Dinosaurs” by locals, paleontologists, researchers and others for good reason: Since 1996, more than 17,000 fossilized dinosaur egg fragments have been been found in the region. Chua said that although, typically, the dinosaur finds are on the nearby river bank, these eggs were found in the central part of the city and not along the riber bank.
According to Heyuan’s Dinosaur Museum Director Du Yanli, nineteen of the recently discovered eggs were entirely intact. The eggs will be sent to the Chinese Academy of Sciences for species identification. Du believes that more sandstone beds in the city itself will yield additional fossils. He has requested that any projects that reveal fossils be immediately halted until the fossils can be safely removed.