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CNN: Cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs found in S. Korea


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Cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs found in S. Korea 
May 28, 1999    Web posted at: 9:52 a.m. EDT (1352 GMT)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- More than 100 fossilized dinosaur eggs have
been found on a South Korean beach, scientists said Thursday. 

The purple-colored eggs, believed to be 100 million years old, were
found in rock beds scattered along an isolated beach near Bosung, 325
kilometers (202 miles) south of Seoul. 

"The area seems to have been a major habitat of dinosaurs," said Lee
Yong-il, a professor at Seoul National University. "We expect to find
more dinosaur eggs there and hope to find some bones as well." 

Lee's team found the eggs early this week. It had been searching the
area since a fossilized dinosaur footprint was found there last October. 

Lee and other scientists said the discovery indicated that the Korean
peninsula was one of the main breeding grounds for dinosaurs in East
Asia during the Cretaceous Period. 

Fragments of dinosaur bones and eggshells have been found before in
South Korea, but never completely formed dinosaur eggs. Eggs also have
been discovered in China and Mongolia. 

Some of the eggs found this week are oval-shaped, while others are
round. They range from 9 centimeters to 15 centimeters (3.6 and 6
inches) in diameter. 

Scientists believe the eggs are from vegetarian dinosaurs. They hope to
find fetuses in the eggs that will tell them what kind of dinosaurs laid

Dinosaur eggs, some containing embryos, have been found at around 200
sites worldwide, with China, Mongolia and North America being the
richest digging grounds. 

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth from about 225 million years ago until their
mysterious mass extinction some 65 million years ago. 
Flying Goat Graphics
(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology member)