Scientists Discover Dinosaur Eggs Filled With Crystals in China

By: | September 27th, 2022

Chinese Scientists have announced the discovery of cannonball-sized dinosaur eggs filled with crystals. These fossilized, spherical eggs have been discovered by paleontologists in China. They discovered these eggs in the Qianshan Basin of Anhui Province in China. 

It is a big discovery as unearthed eggs belong to a previously unknown dinosaur species and were found packed with calcite crystals

Although they found three eggs from the basin’s soil, only two remain. Paleontologists explained that the third egg was “lost and still in the process of collection”.

Eggs are “nearly spheroid” and cannonball-sized. Their length is 4.1 to 5.4 inches (105 to 137mm) and their width is 3.9 to 5.3 inches (99 to 134 mm). Out of these two preserved dinosaur eggs, one is complete. But the other one is partially damaged and hence has its interior clusters of calcite crystals exposed.  The incomplete dinosaur egg is named QS-01 and complete one QS-02 based on the sequence of discovery.

Researchers believe that these eggs date back to the Cretaceous period (the final time period of the age of dinosaurs). Paleontologists figured this out considering the eggs’ larger sizes, tight arrangement of eggshell units, and also their unique shape. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Paleontology.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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