Identifiable Hadrosaur Embryo Fossils Discovered in China

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  • Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Hershkovitz and Doctor Hila May from Tel Aviv University, hold what scientists say are two pieces of fossilised bone of a previously unknown kind of early human discovered at the Nesher Ramla site in central Israel, during an interview with Reuters at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel June 23, 2021. Nesher Ramla Homo - named after the place southeast of Tel Aviv where it was found - may have lived alongside our species, Homo sapiens, for more than 100,000 years, and may have even interbred, according to the findings. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

    Tel Aviv University Professor Israel Hershkovitz and Doctor Hila May from Tel Aviv University, hold what scientists say are two pieces of fossilised bone of a previously unknown kind of early human discovered at the Nesher Ramla site in central Israel, during an interview with Reuters at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, Israel June 23, 2021. Nesher Ramla Homo - named after the place southeast of Tel Aviv where it was found - may have lived alongside our species, Homo sapiens, for more than 100,000 years, and may have even interbred, according to the findings. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

    TEMPO.COFuzhou - Two egg fossils containing identifiable hadrosaur embryos have been discovered in the city of Ganzhou, east China's Jiangxi Province, scientists said.

    The fossils, which date back to 66 to 72 million years ago, are now preserved at the Yingliang Stone Natural History Museum in Fujian Province.

    The better-preserved egg has the shape of a prolate spheroid, with a total volume of approximately 660 ml. The embryo fills about 40 percent of the egg's area.

    A paper on the finding, co-authored by researchers in China and Canada, has been published in the journal BMC Ecology and Evolution.

    While hadrosaur embryo fossils have been discovered before, the two found in Ganzhou are so far the best-preserved of their kind, according to the research team.

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