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Re: Dino sex



At 09:27 PM 7/16/97 EDT, jamolnar@juno.com wrote:
>On Tue, 15 Jul 1997 08:50:00 -0400 "Tomporowski, Steve"
><Steve.Tomporowski@us.ms.philips.com> writes:
>>
>>From: dannj
>>
>>> One alternative
>>>to the "sauropod squat" would be to have rubbery egg shells (the
>>>sea turtle approach), although clearly those eggs that have been
>>>interpreted as being sauropod were hard shelled, which may rule this
>>>line of inquiry out.
>>
>>Maybe not exactly ruled out.  The eggs could be soft-shelled and 
>>'bouncy' in 
>>the first few minutes/hours, then harden with exposure to air.  
>>Possible?
>
>Not that I know of.  Either calcium is encorporated in the egg shell
>matrix and hardens it or it isn't and you get a rubbery egg.  That isn't
>something that can be added to harden the egg later outside the body, as
>I understand the process.
>
>Judy Molnar
>Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
>vlmed@juno.com
>jamolnar@juno.com
>All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.
>
>