CHECHNYA, Russia (CBS) -- Scientists in Russia's mountainous Chechnya region say they have uncovered a large cache of dinosaur eggs, fossilized into the side of a cliff in the southern Russian republic.
The discovery, according to Russian media reports, was made by a team of geographers while on an expedition earlier this month to chart waterfalls in the region. The head of Chechnya State University's laboratory of landscape research said that scientists on the expedition believed the globe-shaped rock formations were fossilized dinosaur eggs.
"It creates a single opinion that these are fossilized dinosaur eggs. There's no other opinion because there are a lot (of the eggs) here, really a lot. In just one place there are a few dozen of varying sizes - from 9 inches to over three feet," said Sai-Emin Dzhabrailov , head of the Chechnya State University Laboratory of Landscape Research, standing near the site where the cache was uncovered.
Other scientists on the expedition, however, were hesitant to call the discovery a definite dinosaur egg find.
"In any case this is a unique object. What we see here are unique things that need to be researched," said Larissa Bitkaeva, head of Chechnya State University's Department of Physical Geography
The Chechen scientists said they believe the 'eggs' were laid by plant-eating dinosaurs approximately 60 million years ago.
A team of paleontologists from Moscow has been sent to study the 'egg' samples and conduct radiocarbon dating tests, according to Russian media reports.