Scientists have found the largest egg of the dinosaur era
The weight of the egg is 6.5 kg, the length is almost 30 cm
Chilean scientists discovered the egg of prehistoric marine reptiles that lived on Earth 66 million years ago. As reported by the University of Chile, this is the largest of the known finds.
The weight of the egg is 6.5 kg, the length is almost 30 cm. The fossil was found on the island of Seymour to the north-east of the Antarctic Peninsula of Antarctica. As the researchers found, the eggshell was soft. The mass of previously known soft-shell eggs did not exceed 700 g.
“Thanks to this find, we will be able to understand a little more about how the large marine reptiles of the Mesozoic or dinosaurs reproduced,” David Rubilar, a paleontologist from the Chilean National Museum of Natural History, who participated in the excavation, told reporters.
The egg supposedly belonged to the Mosasaurus. These marine reptiles lived on land 66-82 million years ago. The female who laid this egg was 7 to 17 m long.
Scientists discovered a fossil during an expedition in 2011. Between themselves, paleontologists called the find “Something,” as in the 1982 John Carpenter horror film about an alien creature that appeared at the polar station in Antarctica. After eight years of research, scientists were able to say with confidence that the object they found was an ancient reptile egg.
The find became the largest egg of the time of the dinosaurs and the second largest in all historical periods. It is surpassed only by a bird egg from the Epiornis family. These birds, similar to ostriches, lived in Madagascar until the middle of the 17th century.