Two nests of fossilized dinosaur eggs that were discovered in the city five years ago have been transferred to the Shenzhen Dapeng Peninsula National Geopark Museum for preservation and exhibition, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported yesterday.
On July 19, 2013, a slope in Pingshan collapsed after a heavy rain. To ensure safety, geological inspectors conducted an investigation at the scene, during which two nests of egg-shaped “rocks” were found in the landslide deposits.
“When we first saw them, we felt like they were fossilized dinosaur eggs. No such egg fossils had ever been found in Shenzhen, so this could be a significant discovery if it was true,” Shi Fang, a staffer with the Pingshan management bureau under the city’s urban planning, land and resources commission, was quoted by the Daily as saying.
After a preliminary appraisal by experts from the commission and the Guangdong Provincial Department of Land Resources, it was confirmed that the two nests of strange “rocks” were fossilized dinosaur eggs.
The egg fossils, which are paleontological fossils under special State protection, were later registered with the provincial land resources department and preserved in the archive of the Pingshan management bureau.
In September 2015, a 48-page report on the discovery of the fossils was submitted by a research team at Sun Yat-sen University, which elaborated on the fossils’ scientific value and tourism development potential.
On Aug. 28, with the consent of Pingshan District Government, the two nests of fossilized dinosaur eggs were officially transferred to the Shenzhen Dapeng Peninsula National Geopark Museum for preservation.
Zhang Song, curator of the geopark museum, said the egg fossils are currently being further cleaned and will be on display in the form of a physical display and video in the future.
Also, in order to protect the site of the city’s first discovery of fossilized dinosaur eggs, it has been marked as an enclosure covering an area of over 10,000 square meters, which is likely to be developed into a fossil-themed geological park. (Zhang Yu)