What these scientists discovered in a 2800-year-old tomb has amazed a nation
When Chinese archaeologists uncovered a grave dated from the Western Zhou Dynasty, they were surprised to find these amazingly preserved 2,800-year-old specimens, and now the photos have gone viral.
Inside the renowned Nanjing Museum, one of the only three top-tier museums in China that includes a permanent collection of 410,000 precious items of national treasure, a pot of fossilized eggs has caught nationwide attention. The eggs were discovered nestled in an earthenware pot carved with unique geometric patterns from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1100 B.C. - 700 B.C.).
With a very thin shell, each egg's diameter is about 3.1 to 4.2 centimeters (or 1.22 to 1.65 inches). Because the eggs are so old, the museum has decided not to remove most of the eggs from the pot they were found in, and visitors can see the eggs in the same state as they were first uncovered in the Western Zhou grave site.
Ever since the photos of these 2,800-year-old eggs have gone viral, Chinese netizens have commented on whether or not they think the eggs would have tasted like the traditional "hundred-year-old eggs," or whether DNA may be extracted from them. One thing is for sure, these eggs are not edible in their current condition!