February 2, 2023: Scientists have discovered 265 fossilised eggs and 92 dinosaur nests at the Narmada Valley. Continue reading to know more!
A group of palaeontologists have discovered 256 fossilised eggs and 92 dinosaur nests in the Dhar region of Narmada Valley, Madhya Pradesh.
The specimen belongs to the Titanosaurs, herbivorous and one of the biggest known dinosaurs.
These eggs were between 15-17 centimetres in diameter, and each nest had 1-20 eggs.
Titanosaurus was a herbivore living in the Cretaceous period, mostly in India; although its fossils have been found in Aude (France), Romania and Argentina. It reached up to 40 feet in length and reproduced by laying eggs.
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The Narmada Valley used to be a zone of dinosaur hatchings millions of years ago. This is not the first time a discovery of this strength has been made, since previously, several dinosaur nests and eggs had been discovered, for example, in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh, and Balasinor, Gujarat.
Extensive research work has been conducted in various villages of Bagh and Kukshi districts of Dhar by a group of palaeontologists from Mohanpur, Kolkata, Bhopal, and the Indian Institute of Science Education, Delhi.
There is a possibility that the Titanosaurs travelled to the Valley to deposit their eggs. According to lead researcher Dhiman, these specimens show signs of both hatching and not having been hatched. No bones had been discovered by the team. However, a micro CT scan will have to be conducted for further investigation.