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article imageFossilized 'dinosaur eggs' excavated in Chechnya?

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By Anne Sewell     Apr 18, 2012 in Science
Locals in Russia's Republic of Chechnya are excited that 'dinosaur eggs' have been discovered, but scientists remain doubtful.
RT reports that near the village of Khimoy in the Republic of Chechnya, road construction workers broke open a rock and discovered sphere-like structures "sticking out".
Locals are excited about the find as it could possibly help their tourism industry.
Said-Emin Dzhabrailov, a senior geologist at the Chechen State University told Russia's NTV Channel: “We've found about 40 eggs so far, the exact number has not been established. There could be many more under the ground."
The war in the region made it unaccessible for a long time and many areas are pretty much unexplored. Dzhabrailov says that his group has been examining remote waterfalls in the region.
Magomed Alkhazurov, who is a scientist from the Chechen State University has suggested that the "eggs" were from large herbivorous dinosaurs.
Examples of the "eggs" have been sent to the city of Yessentuki in southern Russia's Stavropol Region for scientific examination.
However, Dr Aleksandr Averianov of the Institute of Zoology in St Petersburg does not believe these are dinosaur eggs.
He said: "These are no dinosaur eggs. This is some kind of sand rock. Dinosaur eggs have a different shell structure.”
Other scientists on various TV channels in Russia concur with Averianov and say that these are formations of a geological nature.
Until the tests are done in Yessentuki and it is finally decided whether or not these are dinosaur eggs, locals in the area are enjoying a little fame and receiving visits from many Chechens who wish to view the phenomenon.
Local authorities decided to leave most of the "spheres" in place and have put the site under protection.
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