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Crocodilians and egg turning (was RE: Which eggs may be turned and why)
Here are a couple of refs on this subject:
Egg turning during incubation has no effect upon the growth of embryos of
Acta Zoologica, Vol. 72, No. 3. (1991), pp. 125-128.
by D. C. Deeming, M. W. J. Ferguson
Deeming, D. C. 1991. Reasons for the dichotomy in the need for egg turning
during incubation in birds and reptiles;
pp. 307-323 in Deeming, D. C. and Ferguson, M. W. J. (eds.), Egg Incubation:
Its Effects on Embryonic Development
in Birds and Reptiles. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
> Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 17:49:51 +0200
> From: email@example.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Which eggs may be turned and why
> Thanks to all who have answered my question on egg turning. Since
> some people only mailed to me privately, here is a brief summary of
> what I learned:
> In a bird, the yolk is not attached directly to the eggshell but is
> connected to it by a chord called chalaza. This allows the yolk to
> rotate - if I understand things correctly, the embryo thus always
> stays "right side up".
> In many reptile (squamate) eggs the yolk is attahced to the shell. On
> turning, it
> may detach, kiling the embryo.
> So thanks again, this list is just great to learn something new every day.
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