Preserved dinosaur eggs have been found in China. Picture: East China News Service
Preserved dinosaur eggs have been found in China. Picture: East China News Service

Perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs found

CONSTRUCTION workers in China have unearthed several dinosaur eggs believed to be 130 million-years-old.

They were preparing to build a school in Jiangxi province when they discovered 20 black shells underneath the soil, reports The Sun.

Experts claim they go back to the cretaceous period which dates between 145 million and 66 million years ago.

Photos of the remarkable find appear to show the 2mm thick eggs to be in tact though further tests are needed.

Construction was halted while scientists recovered the eggs to test their veracity.

It comes just weeks after palaeontologists found a 100 million-year-old "Dracula" tick which could contain the DNA of extinct dinosaurs.

The tick was gripping on to a dinosaur feather after 99 million years in a piece of fossilised tree resin from Myanmar.

Another fragment contained a tick bloated with what is believed to be dinosaur blood, swelling its size eight times.

But sadly, there is no chance of this particular blood-filled tick giving us any walking dinosaurs.

The scientists behind the new discovery stress that all attempts to remove DNA from such ancient amber specimens have failed due to deterioration of the complex molecule over time.

Dr Ricardo Perez-de-la-Fuente, a member of the international team from Oxford University, said: "The fossil record tells us that feathers like the one we have studied were already present on a wide range of theropod dinosaurs."

In November, scientists found the remains of a dinosaur the size of a small plain in the Gobi Desert.

The dinosaur had enormous 36ft long wings and would be one of the largest winged reptiles ever known to live on Earth.

The giant lived 70 million years ago in a warm climate that was desert-like but not quite as dry as today.

This story first appeared on The Sun.