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DINOSAUR EGGS IN JAPAN



Hello Everyone! -

        This note is copied from one posted by a friend of mine on
CompuServe, and I thought it'd be of interest to everyone here:

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YOMIURI NEWSPAPER MAR.6, 1995

          ___Dinosaur Eggs in Japan for the first time___

Gifu Museum announced that three fossils that an amateur collector found
around in 1968 are real dinosaur eggs. They confirmed the fact. There is a
extremely high possibility that these fossils were found from the Tedori
Formation at Kamioka Town in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The formation is early
Cretaceous, 130 million yrs ago. The collector already passed away years
ago. Fossils shape a littel flat tennis ball- figure. Three are about same
size. The largest one has 9.2 cm long axis and 7.9 cm short axis. And its
height is 5.3 cm. By inspecting the hollow of fossils they think they were
bred piling on others in close formation.There fossils were given to a man
by a passed-away collector in 1968. This person asked the museum an expert
judgement in 1993. Paleontologists studied them and judged they were
dinosaur eggs by finding they contain the same composition in inner
materials, as of sand rocks of Tedori Formation. In addition, the shell
structure is just the dinosaur egg shell. Only in 1988, small fragments of
dinosaur eggs were found.

The museum staff said, "We can not conclude but they seem eggs of
Ornithopods. There is a possibility of Iguanodon that foot prints were
found at Shirakawa Village, Gifu near the place. Mr. Ishida who preserved
fossils is surprised of the fact. He was told they were eggs of huge
serpent.

Translation by Masamichi Osako Japan


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I wonder how these eggs, if Early Cretaceous, will compare with the recent
influx of Early Cretaceous eggs from the Xixua Province in China...?


Jerry D. Harris
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO  80205
(303) 370-6403

Internet:  jdharris@teal.csn.net
CompuServe:  73132,3372

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O   O Only those that adapted are today still alive!
OOO Those that couldn't -- or wouldn't -- are with us no more:
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