Dinosaur Eggs at Dhar-Mandla region of Madhya Pradesh

Dinosaur Eggs at Dhar-Mandla region of Madhya Pradesh

Dinosaur Eggs which are millions of years old, are being smuggled in Dhar-Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh which happens to be a fossil-rich location in India. An egg is being sold at as little as INR Rs.500. In the international market an egg costs above INR Rs.1 Crore. As per experts, the eggs are of Cretaceous Period which ranges from 145 to 66 Million years ago.

Geologic Time Scale (In Million Years Scale)

Siderian : 2500 to 2300
Rhyacian : 2300 to 2050
Orosirian : 2050 to 1800
Statherian : 1800 to 1600
Calymmian : 1600 to 1400
Ectasian : 1400 to 1200
Stenian : 1200 to 1000
Tonian : 1000 to 850
Cryogenian : 850 to 635
Ediacaran : 635 to 541
Cambrian : 541.0 ± 1.0 to 485.4 ± 1.9
Ordovician : 485.4 ± 1.9 to 443.4 ± 1.5
Silurian : 443.4 ± 1.5 to 419.2 ± 3.2
Devonian : 419.2 ± 3.2 to 358.9 ± 0.4
Mississippian (Carboniferous) : 358.9 ± 0.4 to 323.2 ± 0.4
Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) : 323.2 ± 1.3 to 298.9 ± 0.8
Permian : 298.9 ± 0.2 to 252.2 ± 0.5
Triassic : 252.2 ± 0.5 to 201.3 ± 0.2
Jurassic : 201.3 ± 0.6 to 145 ± 4
Cretaceous : 145 ± 4 to 66 ± 0.3
Paleogene : 65.5 ± 0.3 to 23.03 ± 0.05
Neogene : 23.03 ± 0.05 to 2.588
Quaternary : 2.588 ± 0.005 to Present

The only identified location for dinosaur breeding in Madhya Pradesh is Padlya in Dhar District. The region is spread in about 89 hectares. The fossil-rich site is without any fences and guards since 2007. Fossil smugglers from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan target the local tribes here to get the eggs. The eggs are of immense importance to paleontologists for research purposes.

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To prevent the illegal smuggle of eggs and fossils, Madhya Pradesh Government has finalized a draft called Fossils Preservation Act which is pending on the law department.