'Dinosaur eggs' found in Perambalur are ammonite sediments
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: After photos of the 'dinosaur eggs' found in Perambalur, Tamil Nadi started doing rounds on social media, a group of local archaeology and geology enthusiasts confirmed that the structures are actually ammonite sediments.
The spherical objects were found in an irrigation tank in Kunnam town in Perambalur district. The sediments were recovered from a tank being desilted in Kunnam, which were being claimed as dinosaur eggs on social media.
A group of three archaeology and geology enthusiasts, Ramesh Karuppiah, A Anandhraj and A Prabudeva, visited the site. They spotted a fossil tree measuring 7 feet in length. They estimated the actual length of the tree to be about 20 feet, however, the rest of the portion was washed away as there were imprints of fossil deposits.
"We have also identified ammonite sediments in Kunnam tank. Ammonite must have been trapped in the process of concretion for several million years, but it was often misconceived as dinosaur egg," Ramesh told TOI.
Ammonites were large and diverse marine species that arose during the Devonian period, around 416 million years ago.
In another incident, about 20-25 spherical objects were found by locals in Venkatan tank while desilting it on Wednesday. These structures were also claimed to be dinosaur eggs.
"Looking at the alignment of the objects, they cannot be dinosaur eggs. Also, eggs cannot be in such a vast size. The objects could have been formed due to concretion," a department professor said.
Earlier, a 13-million-year-old fossil of a newly discovered ape species was unearthed in Uttarakhand.