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Boy Accidentally Finds 66-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Eggs

Research shows that kids who like dinosaurs and everything related to the ancient animals are more intelligent than their buddies. Well, we all loved watching documentaries about dinosaurs and we were fascinated with their long names. Yes, some kids even know what did dinosaurs eat and where they lived.

Do you know the difference between the Mesozoic era and the Cretaceous period? Yes, these kids know that, too. Can you imagine finding dinosaur eggs?

Zhang Yangzhe found a nest with dinosaur eggs, and experts say they were layed 66 million years ago. The Chinese boy found the nest while playing near his home, on the bank of the Dong River, from Heyuan in the Guangdong province of China.

Zhang was trying to crack open his walnuts, and these “rocks” were perfect for that purpose. This “rock” looked “special,” and it was covered with red soil. Zhang thought it was concrete and kept digging.

The boy has always been interested in dinosaurs, and he really hoped that his “rocks” were actually dinosaur eggs. Zhang has already seen similar eggs at the museum. He was right. His rocks really were dinosaur eggs!

“I have learned this knowledge in the books and the cultural corridor of the school. I have seen it in museums. Different dinosaur eggs have different shapes.”

His mother, Li Xiaofang, said that her son had remembered the pattern from a recent dinosaur exhibit at the local museum.

“The bridge over the river has been damaged by the flood, and the soil below the abutment was exposed,” Li said. “He found an eggshell on the slope (of the broken bridge) and called me immediately to tell me about his discovery, saying it seemed like a dinosaur egg.”

They called the police and waited for the officers to come at the spot.

Experts from the Heyuan Dinosaur Museum excavated the site and found 10 more eggs. According to them, the eggs were layed in the cretaceous period, right before the disappearance of dinosaurs.

The fossilized eggs were 3 ½ inches long, and today, they are added to the collection of the museum. They “joined’ a collection of 10,000 dinosaur eggs. It’s the world’s largest collection.

Heyuan is “The Home of the Dinosaurs.” A lot of dinosaur remains have been found in the area. In March 1996, experts found the first dinosaur remains near the Dong River. Thousands of eggs have been found in the area. Impressive, right?