Dinosaur eggs in China, found by students during a rural walk (News)

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Dinosaur eggs in China, found by students during a rural walk.

Four college students discovered rare dinosaur eggs during a walk through Pingxiang City in the Jiangxi Province of southern China. The finding was made last Saturday and reported to a local museum, where the eggs are now currently being held. Amazing footage shows six fossilised dinosaur eggs of different sizes, all covered in red mud. Experts from the Chinese Academy of Science studied the fossils, and confirmed them to be that of dinosaur eggs.

The fossils date back to the late Cretaceous Period, which span from the end of the Jurassic Period 145 million years ago to the beginning of the Palaeocene Period 66 million years ago.

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The Tyrannosaurus, Ankylosauris, Parasaurolophus and Triceratops dinosaurs appeared during the Cretaceous Period.

This is not the first time dinosaur discoveries have been made in the Pingxiang region, with several dinosaur skeleton fossils being found in September 2008.

A dinosaur egg fossil with an eggshell was also discovered on a building site in April 2010.

Meanwhile in other discoveries, a closely related dinosaur to the Tyrannosaurus rex has finally been given a named after a 16-year-old archaeology enthusiast first discovered its fossil 20 years ago.

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The newly named dinosaur, Suskityrannus hazelae, was dug out by high school student Sterling Nesbitt during a dig in New Mexico in 1998.

Dr Nesbitt, now an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech College of Science, led an international collaboration of scientists to classify the dinosaur.

Palaeontologists are now certain the Suskityrannus was a smaller cousin of the Tyrannosaurus rex, whose Latin name means King.

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Unfortunately for the Suskityrannus, the dinosaur was barely taller than an adult Great Dane dog.

Dr Nesbitt said: “Suskityrannus gives us a glimpse into the evolution of tyrannosaurs just before they take over the planet.

“It also belongs to a dinosaurian fauna that just proceeds the iconic dinosaurian faunas in the latest Cretaceous that include some of the most famous dinosaurs, such as the Triceratops, predators like Tyrannosaurus rex, and duckbill dinosaurs like Edmontosaurus.”

Palaeontologists dated the dinosaur fossil to the Cretaceous Period.

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