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Dinosaur eggs from just after Jurassic Period 130 million years ago discovered perfectly preserved on school site; The cluster of eggs were discovered in an area of China known as the 'hometown of dinosaurs' as so many remains have been found there.

Byline: Suz Elvey

A cluster of perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs have been discovered by construction workers digging the foundations for a new school.

Up to 30 eggs were uncovered in an area affectionately dubbed China's 'hometown of dinosaurs' and they are believed to be a staggering 130 million years old.

The fossilised eggs were lucky to survive in tact as the builders detonated an explosive to break up a large boulder.

As they approached to take away the pieces, the workers saw a nest of eggs with some fragments of black shell - up to 2mm thick - laying among them.

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The builders suspected the stone-like objects might be dinosaur eggs but weren't sure so contacted the local police station,China News reported.

Officers rushed to the site and cordoned off the area before notifying specialist 'cultural relics protection' staff at nearby Dayu County Museum.

The staff identified the eggs as being about 130 million years old, putting them in the Cretaceous Period, which came immediately after the Jurassic Period.

The Cretaceous began 145 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago. It was succeeded by the Paleogene Period.

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Dinosaur alive during the Cretaceous Period include the tyrannosaurus rex, the feathered velociraptor and the three-horned triceratops.

The fossilised eggs were found in the city of Ganzhou in China's Jiangxi Province.

The city and surrounding area is "one of the most productive oviraptorosaurian regions of the world" according to an article published in nature.com with seven oviraptorosaurian (feathered and bird-like) dinosaurs named after the region.

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The seventh, the Corythoraptor jacobsi, was only discovered this year and is said to closely resemble the flightless cassowary, which lives in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

The discovery comes just weeks aftera tick filled with the blood of a dinosaur was found trapped in a piece of amberin Myanmar, southeast Asia.

The eggs are being kept at the county museum for further studies.

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Credit: China News Service/Ming Kangping

Construction workers found up to 30 dinosaur eggs as they prepared to build a new school on Christmas Day

Credit: China News Service/Ming Kangping

Construction workers called police who brought in experts from the Dayu County Museum, where the eggs are being kept

Credit: China News Service/Ming Kangping

Police cordoned off the area while they waited for cultural relics protection staff from the museum to arrive

Credit: PA

A tick filled with the blood of a dinosaur was discovered frozen in amber

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Date:Dec 30, 2017
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