WHAT’S SO SPE­CIAL ABOUT THESE ROCKS?

(HINT: THEY’VE GOT SOME­THING SUR­PRIS­ING IN­SIDE)

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They are ac­tu­ally di­nosaur eggs, laid by the two-legged, duck-billed hadrosaurus, which lived in marshy ar­eas dur­ing the Cre­ta­ceous Pe­riod. This batch was found in China in 1993, and can now be seen in Cape Town at the Ri­p­ley’s Be­lieve It or Not! ex­hi­bi­tion. China’s Heyuan City is a trea­sure trove of dino eggs – the lat­est find was last year, when 19 were un­earthed dur­ing road re­pairs. More than 15 000 fos­silised eggs have been found in Heyuan since the 1990s, but there have also been finds in Ar­gentina, Canada and South Africa. Our di­nosaur eggs are rather spe­cial too: they are the old­est ever found (190 mil­lion years old), laid by the long-necked, veg­e­tar­ian mas­sospondy­lus (one of the ear­li­est di­nosaurs). Six eggs were found back in 1976 at Rooidraai in the Golden Gate Na­tional Park, near Clarens; then ten nests of eggs in the same area in 2012 – along with tiny foot­prints of hatch­lings. Sci­en­tists say the clus­ters in­di­cate that dino moth­ers re­turned to the same spot to lay eggs, two at a time. Be­lieve it or not!

The Ri­p­ley’s ex­hi­bi­tion is at the Clock Tower Precinct, V&A Water­front, all through sum­mer. Tick­ets from R150. rip­leyscapetown.com

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