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egg morphology and diagnosis
A couple of comments have addressed the topic of theropod eggs, and have
made the statement that, and I am paraphrasing wildly here, "theropod eggs
like oviraptor and possibly T.rex in China are elongated rather than more
oval." Could this somewhat diagnostic of theropod eggs? I am also
curious if the shape of theropod eggs was predicted in the literature
before theropod eggs were discoved (memories may have to be strained a
little here). Is there anything in the morphology of theropod pelvis's
(pelvi?; pelves?), such as being rather narrow, that indicate that their
eggs were also narrow and long?
I taped a 4 minute segment on Good Morning America about a year ago,
(yes, I *do* have good reflexes when operating the "record" feature on
my vcr), featuring those T.rex eggs from the Xin Xian (spelling) province
of China. They were spectacular and HUGE! Some type of touring exibit
to raise bucks for the Dinosaur Society. The ubiquitous Don Lessem was
interviewed, and he noted that a lot of eggs from China are adorning the
mantles of private investors. Sad...
p.s. Lessem referred to the eggs as Tarbosaurus, not T. rex.