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Fossil of Ostrich Egg Found in NW China

YINCHUAN, July 12 -- Chinese archaeologists have found a well-protected fossilized ostrich egg in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

The fossil was unearthed from a valley in Liupanshan, a mountainous site in the southern part of Ningxia. The 14 by 16 centimeter fossil egg weighs 2,700 grams and the egg white looks like translucent jade.

According to the experts, the fossil can be dated back to at least 500,000 years. The discovery proves that the area was part of a tropical desert zone which had very little rain.

"While the hen ostrich was hatching the egg, a sudden sandstorm buried the egg and pushed it deeper underground after an earthquake," an expert presumed.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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