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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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Dinosaur Eggs Interrupt Road Work in Chinese City

Dinosaur eggs

(Photo : Corbis/Heyuan Museum) Fossilized dinosaur eggs are discovered during road works in Heyuan city in south China's Guangdong province.

A stash of 43 dinosaur eggs was the cause of road work interruptions in the southern Chinese city of Heyuan over the weekend.

The eggs were added to an impressive collection in the city dubbed the "Home of Dinosaurs."

In 2004, the Guinness World Record recognized the Heyuan Dinosaur Fossil Museum as home of the largest collection of dinosaur egg fossils in the world. The museum houses 11 fossilized skeletons and almost 200 footprints fossils. The record was 10,008 before, but now there will be an additional 43.

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A museum spokesperson said 19 of the new eggs are completely intact and considered the largest, measuring more than seven inches in diameter.

"The eggs were found in the rock strata of red sandstone, an environment in which other dinosaur egg fossils have also previously been found," said museum curator Du Yanli.

Most of the dinosaur eggs currently in the city's museum were deposited by oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs that roamed the Earth 89 million years ago.

Researchers are continuously doing studies to examine the fossils and find out what kind of dinosaur species laid them.

According to Xinhua, China's official news agency, at least 17,000 dinosaur eggs were uncovered in the city ever since the first batch of fossils was discovered in 1996 by kids playing at a construction site.

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