Fact Check: Are Objects found in Perambalur tank dinosaur eggs?

A report prepared by the Curator of Government Museum, Tiruchi, indicates that the stone ball-like objects were concretions and a few of them were found to be ammonites, despite claims on social media that dinosaur egg fossils have been discovered in Venkattan kulam, an irrigation tank at Kunnam in Perambalur district.

Ammonite is a centuries-old marine organism that has been coated with sediments and minerals, transforming it into a rock-like substance. According to C. Sivakumar, Curator (in-charge) of the Government Museum in Tiruchi, who conducted an inspection on October 23 after receiving a directive from the Commissioner of Museums in Chennai.


During the inspection, Mr. Sivakumar was accompanied by Uma Shankar, Curator (in-charge) of the Ariyalur Fossils Site Museum, and Kunnam Tahsildar.

Stone ball-like things of various sizes were discovered in the tank during the inspection. The items were discovered during dredging operations in the vast expanse of water. Mr. Sivakumar described the objects as mild yellow in colour and found at a depth of 20 feet from the ground.

According to Mr. Sivakumar, a thorough inspection of the upper half of the site’s artefacts indicated that they were all concretions that could have developed centuries ago. Inspection of the upper layer of three large, flat concretions revealed that they were ammonites. Mr. Sivakumar stated that he had handed the inspection report to the Commissioner of Museums, along with his observations.

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