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Re: Question about dinosaur eggs



What a coincidence.  I just read a short article in Science, 28
January issue, concerning six dinosaur eggs from China recently
acquired by the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.  The size of the
eggs - 15 to 20 centimeters in diameter - indicates they were
laid by a very large dinosaur, probably a big herbivore.  A CT
scan was conducted on one of them, as well as a magnetic
resonance scan.  Unfortunately, the only established fact
apparent from the article is that the egg contains something,
likely an embryo.  The museum team is now considering opening
it up, which requires that they first remove the 2-millimeter
thick eggshell, then dig into the egg, one sand grain at a
time.  Hopefully, some of the bones inside will contain
proteins which will somehow help narrow down the identity of
the parent.

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Mark Preddy            Internet: preddy@physics.orst.edu
Department of Physics, OSU, Corvallis, Oregon 97331  USA
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