Compiled by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN
A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy made the discovery of a lifetime when he found a 66-million-year-old fossil while playing in China’s Guangآdong province, reported Sin Chew Daily.
Palaeontologists from the Heyuan Dinosaur Museum confirmed that the fossil was from the late Cretaceous period.
The discovery was made when the family was visiting the Dongjiang Bridge, which had collapsed earlier this year.
The boy, Zhang Yangshao, noticed the egg shells in the mud under the bridge.
“Mummy, this looks like a dinosaur egg shell,” he was reported to have said.
The boy’s mother alerted the Heyuan Dinosaur Muesum, which later sent a team of experts and police officers to the site.
An excavation 60cm to 70cm deep revealed 11 fossilised eggs, each at about 9cm long.
Zhang’s mother later told reporters that her son had just visited the museum.
Fossilised dinosaur eggs are commonly found in the city of Heyuan.
So far, more than 10,000 dinosaur egg fossils have been found throughout the city, accounting for a third of them found in the world.
> The Chinese daily also reported that local singer Sujane apologised for calling China her “motherland” during the Sing! China 2019 talent show after flak from fans online.
Mandapop star Wang Leehom, one of the show’s coaches, had asked Sujane how she felt performing in her “motherland”.
“I feel that coming back to sing in the motherland – what I felt here is not what I could have felt in Malaysia,” she reportedly said.
Many Malaysians later took to social media to criticise the singer’s comments, with some urging her to “return to your motherland!”.
“If my reference to ‘motherland’ made people uncomfortable, I am deeply sorry.
“Please be magnanimous and let it go. I hope everyone keeps supporting my music. Will that be okay? Thank you,” she said.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.