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Re: A REAL consequence of egg predation?



From: Ronald Orenstein <ornstn@inforamp.net>

 > But then - could that be the reason, or a reason, why
 > dino eggs are small? ... 

The larger known dino eggs, which are larger than ostrich eggs,
are already at, or approaching, the maximum size for a hard-shelled
egg.

The limiting factor is gas exchange through the shell (surface to
volume ratio), much aggravated by the need for a thicker shell in
larger eggs for support reasons.

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