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Re: Obligatory parental nest attendance.
On Sun, 16 Nov 1997, Ellen Sue Blakey wrote:
> In re: dino eggs bigger than turtle eggs: We have on display two fossilized
> eggs, prepared by Terry Manning (cover story in National Geographic back in
> April '95 I believe, don't have it in front of me). There is no apparent
> difference in size, shape, etc.
I think adult size is relevant, of course. Troodon weighed about 50 kg.
and had eggs of 500 grams each. I have figures for five chelonians. Here
are their adult masses followed by their eggs masses.
Troodon is not typical, but still...
Is it possible that turtle's eggs do not scale downward (i.e., as dinos
get bigger their eggs, as a percentage of their body weight become