These strange stone balls were discovered in the mountains of Chechnya. What are they? Chechen scientists hypothesized that these large stone balls are the ancient fossilized eggs of dinosaurs that died out millions of years ago. When they are cut they are really similar to an egg – with a visible pronounced “yolk” in the center and “whites” on the periphery, and then a “shell” in the outermost layer of the ball.
On rocky outcrops near the mountain road there were found spherical rock formations with matching holes where these stone balls fell out of their seats and rolled down on to the road. They might really remind us of huge fossilized eggs.
Some Chechen scientists suggested that the eggs might be of herbivorous dinosaurs, that had been around about 60 million years ago. The accumulation of stone balls in one place reminds us of one species laying the eggs.
A small rocky outcrop in the mountains in Chechnya, with huge stone balls sticking out. Some of them were stuck in the rocky wall, and some had rolled out on the road and into the river.
The size of the stone balls is impressive: most are between 50 and 70 cm in diameter, and some reach a size of about one meter in diameter! Some of the stone balls are almost of a perfectly spherical shape, and some are like an elongated egg.
However, officers of the Paleontological Institute are not so optimistic with the find. In the Caucasus mountains there are no geological layers discovered dating back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods when dinosaurs existed. According to the materials that paleontologists found in Chechnya, it is not of a biological but a geological origin.
Even if they are not fossilized dinosaur eggs but just rocks, the question remains: where does this miracle of nature come from? What geological processes could have such an effect on the rock so that such stone balls of an almost perfect shape are formed?
“There is an amazing natural phenomenon which is observing in various parts of the Earth. No one can explain it. This is the so-called “Moeraki” boulders, also known as the “watermelon of Elijah.” Someone takes them for dinosaur eggs, someone for the fruit of ancient sea plants, and some even suggest the possibility that this is the remains of a UFO.” – says A.V. Galanin.
On the inner split surface of the stone balls, crystal formations can be detected, and other stone balls don’t have any cavities. Why is this so? Nobody knows …