One day, 10-year-old boy in China was happily playing near a lake. It obviously never crossed his mind that he would accidentally discover a fossilized egg that would then led to a great discovery.
The fossilized egg was the key of the discovery of a very rare, 66-million-years-old dinosaur nest. The hometown of this little boy, Héyuán, in the province of Guangdong, is known for its number of dinosaurs finds. Zhang Yangzhe, the little boy, was just one of the lucky ones who got the chance to discover something so cool. He is absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs. Imagine his excitement when he made this discovery!
According to Ladbible ‘‘he was trying to find something that could crack open walnuts’’. Zhang loves science and has always been fascinated by dinosaurs, so this was the find of a lifetime. At first, Zhang thought that the egg was nothing but just a piece of cement.
Then, when he saw it more carefully, he understood that it was a dinosaur egg.
He told local media that ‘‘I have learned this knowledge in books and in the cultural corridor of the school” reports Ladbible.
When he showed the piece to his mother, she agreed that that might have been a dinosaur egg. So, they immediately contacted the local museum.
In the video below, you can see the scene of the discovery.
In the following days, experts began to excavate the site where Zhang had made his discovery. There, they found around 10 more eggs that were similar to Zhang’s one. So, they came to the conclusion that that must have been a dinosaur nest.
After being excavated, the eggs were then sent to the local Héyuán Dinosaur Museum for further examination.
According to Daily Mail, the former director of the local Heyuan Museum, Huang Ding, stated that ‘‘that the fossils came from the late Cretaceous period”. That means that they must be at least 65 million years old.
Héyuán is a city of three million inhabitants. Many dinosaur nests have been found there throughout the years. Because of the numerous discoveries, it’s actually known as China’s “home of dinosaurs“.
More than 17,000 eggs have been dug out there so far. Around 10,000 of those are on display or stored at the local Héyuán Museum. It is considered as one of the most extensive collection in the whole wide world.
Meanwhile, a college student at the University of California, Harrison Duran, has found a 65 million-year-old triceratops at Hell Creek Formation in North Dakota.
Duran loves dinosaurs. So, the cast of the skull will be displayed at his university so that he can share his discovery with everyone who’s interested.
Top image: Representational image of dinosaur eggs. Credit: KtD / Adobe Stock
HT: Ancient Origins