A team of researchers have found two new nesting sites of dinosaurs in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. The newly discovered sites contain fossilised dinosaur eggs that are nearly 6.5 crores years old, researchers said.
Vishal Verma, geologist and head of ‘Mangal Panchayatan Parishad’ revealed that dinosaur sites were discovered 125 km from Indore, in Dhar district. He explained that the nearly 6.5 crore years ago dinosaurs got buried here due to geographical turbulence. Since then, the site hasn’t seen any dinosaur activity.
The two discovered nesting sites are separated by a distance of 8 km from each other and are located in Baag area of Dhar district. Researchers believe that each site could boast more than 15 fossils of dinosaur eggs. However, year-long research is needed to identify the exact number of eggs possessed by each site.
Examining the sites will answer several questions including whether dinosaurs used the same site to lay eggs again and again or how dinosaurs layed their eggs and which method they preferred the most?
Verma told that his team has been examining the area for over a decade and had earlier found two dinosaur nesting sites and now they have found two new nesting sites which have taken the counting to four. Verma believes that such sites containing dinosaur fossils are very rare and boasting four such sites in one district motivates researchers.
Back in 2007, Mangal Panchayatan Parishad came into limelight when it discovered nearly 25 dinosaur nests of Jurassic period. A large number of fossiled dinosaur eggs were found in these nests.
Verma further added that all the eggs discovered in Dhar district belong to the ‘Sauropod family’ of this extinct animal.
Moreover, researchers believe that dinosaur used live somewhere else and they used to come here from far off just to lay eggs in sandy areas. Also, according to researchers these dinosaurs must be 20 to 30 feet tall.