East China's Fujian Province has unearthed a nest of fossilized eggs and some eggshell fragments. The eggs belonged to the notorious egg thief dinosaur species, Oviraptorosaur, in the Late Cretaceous.
Discovered in Huangzhu Village, Shanghang County, Longyan City, the dinosaur eggs are thought to either be in the incubation stage or have already hatched. Some eggshells cracked from hatching, leaving fragments, according to Wang Qiang, associate researcher from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
"According to some repaired eggshell fragments, the dinosaur eggs are thought to either be in the incubation stage or have already hatched," said Wang Qiang, "A lot of eggshell fragments are incomplete. However, we can infer from two damaged fossilized eggs that they are preserved in place from a native egg nest."
At least six egg fossils have been preserved. This is the first time for the county to discover dinosaur egg fossils.
Fujian Institute of Geological Survey has carried out rescue work for the egg fossils with experts. Domestic technicians have restored the fossils for further research.