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AW: 'Eggless' chick laid by hen in Sri Lanka
> He found that the fertilised egg had developed within the
> hen's reproductive system, but stayed inside the hen's body
> until it hatched.
> A post-mortem conducted on the hen's body concluded that it
> died of internal wounds.
This is why crown dinos are highly unlikely to evolve (ovo)vivipary form the
present state. The eggshell has simply become too tough; breaking it will
usually fatally injure the oviduct or cloaca (a common complication in egg
binding). Herptiles OTOH have softer-shelled eggs; ovovivipary has evolved many
Of course, the tougher eggshell gives benefits. This case might make a nice
classroom example for evolutionary trade-offs.