Fossilised Dinosaur Egg

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In Madhya Pradesh's Bagh, a revered stone deity worshipped by the Bhil tribe has now been scientifically confirmed as a 66-million-year-old fossilised dinosaur egg.

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  • Generations of Bhils had worshipped the sun-baked Kakad Bhairav, performing rituals and sacrifices for agricultural prosperity.
  • This recent scientific revelation challenges the traditional beliefs tied to the deity.
  •  Bagh has been a significant site for paleontological discoveries since the 1980s, boasting sauropod bones, fossilised dinosaur eggs, and extinct marine creatures.
  • The scientists hope that the recent discovery will support Bagh's nomination for India’s first UNESCO Global Geopark tag.
  • There is a clash between scientific discoveries and tribal beliefs, economic challenges, conservation efforts, and the hope for community involvement in protecting the paleontological site.

Discovery of fossilized dinosaur eggs in India

  • The discovery of fossilized dinosaur eggs in India dates back to the 1980s, with significant finds in parts of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh.
  • Notably, in 1982, the first dinosaur eggs in India were found in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. 
  • India is recognized for having the "largest-of-its-kind dinosaur hatchery on Earth," with over 256 fossilized dinosaur eggs unearthed, contributing to its rich paleontological heritage.

Bhills tribe:

  •  The Bhil are one of the largest tribal groups, living in Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • The name is derived from the word ‘billu’, which means bow. The Bhil are known to be excellent archers coupled with deep knowledge about their local geography.
  • Traditionally, experts in guerrilla warfare, most of them today are farmers and agricultural labourers. They are also skilled sculptors.
  • Bhil women wear traditional saris while men are dressed in long frock and pajamas. Women put on heavy ornaments made of silver, brass along with rosaries of beads and silver coins and earrings.

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