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Dinosaur Egg Shell
Dinosaur Egg Shell
Dinosaur Egg Shell
One Hadrosaur discovered in Montana, USA has been given the name “good mother” (Maiasaura). It was found in association with vegetation and mounds of eggs laid in a circular pattern. Maiasaura eggs, like crocodile eggs, were perhaps warmed by rotting vegetation. In at least one deposit fossil mothers and eggs are found together. Dinosaurs were land dwellers, and the evidence is that Maiasaura built its nest in dry upland areas. Therefore, we have these preserved eggs and mothers due to massive flooding. Maiasaura eggs are often crushed, which means the babies, which measured about 30 cm (12 inches) long, stayed in the nest, walked all over it and crushed the eggs.
The first Patagonian dinosaur fossil was found by the military in 1882 as they were fighting nomadic Indian tribes. They came across the bones of a Titanosaur and presented it to then president General Julio. No further finds were made until 1978, when Jose Bonaparte visited the area with a team from National Geographic. The expedition discovered a cluster of tiny dinosaur fossils about 25cm (10 inches) long, that they named ‘mouse reptile’ (Mussaurus). Later fossil skeletons found show Mussaurus grew to at least 3 metres (10 feet).
The discoveries in Northern Patagonia, now include the largest plant-eating dinosaur ever discovered, Argentinosaurus (discovered by goat herder Guillermo Herredia). If the rest of the creature is on the same scale as its 100kg (220lb) leg bone, scientists argue it had to weigh at least 100 tonnes. Maybe it was a pygmy with huge knees!
In 1997/98 thousands of dinosaur eggs were found near Neuquen in Patagonia, Argentina. The eggs were about 14-16 cm (5? - 6?”) in diameter. A team led by Luis Chappe of the American Museum of Natural History in New York found that dozens of the eggs still had unhatched dinosaurs inside them. When opened, they revealed the bones of tiny embryos and, perfectly preserved traces of scaly skin, like that of a lizard. One embryo had 32 tiny pencil shaped teeth, a shape found in only one known dinosaur, Titanosaurus australis. The babies would have been about 35 cm (14”) long at birth. The egg bed is over 2? square kilometres, and contains embryos at varying growth stages as well as hundreds of thousands of pieces of broken egg shell. The presence of such well-preserved embryos points to only one thing - rapid burial and fast fossilisation. Ask anyone who has tried to preserve eggs. The find has definitely added weight to the flood origin of dinosaur beds.


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