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Chinese road workers unearth nest of FORTY-THREE fossilised dinosaur eggs

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A giant clutch of 43 fossilised dinosaur eggs were discovered by workmen doing roadworks in China. 

The Chinese city that boasts the largest number of dinosaur eggs in the world has added a new batch to its impressive collection.

Construction workers unearthed 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs during road repair work in Heyuan city in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Sunday, officials said.

The city, which calls itself the "Home of Dinosaurs," won a Guinness World Record for the world's largest collection of dinosaur eggs at its museum in 2004.

Huang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Heyuan Museum, told CNN that it was the first time the fossils have been discovered in the bustling city center.

Major road repair work was halted as a team of researchers and construction workers jumped down into a ditch to dig out the fossils.

Nineteen of the eggs are completely intact, with the largest measuring as much as 13 centimeters (5 inches) in diameter, Huang said.

Researchers said they will continue to examine the fossils to determine which dinosaur species they belong to.

Most of the eggs in the museum's existing collection belong to oviraptorid and duck-billed dinosaurs, which roamed the earth 89 million years ago.

Nearly 17,000 dinosaur eggs have been uncovered in the city since the first group of fossils was found in 1996 by children playing at a construction site, the China's official news agency Xinhua reported.
Egg-straordinary find: Workers point to the dinosaur eggs that were discovered as they were fitting a new sewage pipe in Heyuan, south-east China

Egg box: The fossilised dinosaur eggs are carefully removed from the site and taken to the local museum for examination
Unexpected: Crowds gather as a construction worker handles the red sandstone containing the fossils

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