Brazil has discovered a litter of fossilized eggs from dinosaurs that could have become vicious carnivores in 60-80 million years. The eggs would not have been buried under loose sediment.
They are five well-preserved eggs that were believed to be ancient Crocodile eggs. However, fossilized crocodile feces was discovered at the site.
According to g1., after a more detailed analysis of the eggs by a group of paleontologists led by William Roberto Nava it was determined that they were larger and had a thicker shell.
Nava, who is responsible for most of the finds, at the Paleontological Museum in Marilia, told g1 that the dinosaur eggs measure four to five inches long and two to three inches wide, while the ancient crocodiles’ egg is typically no longer than three inches.
Further, he explained that fossilized crocodylomorph egg shells have a porous texture or smooth texture while dinosaur eggs’ are more ripple-shaped.
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Brazil has a litter of fossilized eggs from dinosaurs that were found. If the sediment had not been removed, they would have become vicious carnivores around 60-80 million years ago.
He told g1. “They look like tiny wavy Earthworms. This is different from the texture that the Crocodile.”
The dinosaur eggs, which were uncovered in the city of Presidente Prudente, in the interior of São Paulo, were preserved by the soil transforming into sandstone over time.
This material serves as a natural protectant, creating layers of sand over many millions of years. They have kept the eggs safe until paleontologists pulled them out of the ground last month. It wasn’t until then that they were able to determine if the eggs are from a dinosaur.
Nava stated to g1 that she didn’t know if the other one was. [five]An egg we found a fossilized embryo in. This would be a cool idea, and it would bring something unique to Brazil.
Dinosaurian eggs are four to five inches in length and two to three inches wide.
Paleontologist William Roberto Nava (pictured) found the eggs in the city of Presidente Prudente, in the interior of São Paulo
It was meant to highlight the extraordinary preservation of a Chinese dinosaur embryo.
The embryo, dubbed ‘Baby Yingliang, was found curled up inside a fossilized egg and was found in the rocks of the ‘Hekou Formation’ at the Shahe Industrial Park in Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province.
This specimen is the largest known dino embryo and has a unique posture that’s closer to embryonic birds than dinosaurs.
The eggs were preserved by the soil transforming into sandstone over time
This material protects the eggs by acting as a natural shield. It has formed layers of sand over many millions of years, which have kept them safe until paleontologists pulled them out of the ground last year.
Baby Yingliang was nearing hatching and had his head down, with its back curled in the egg’s blunt ends and its feet positioned to either side.
According to Paleontologists from Birmingham, Baby Yingliang was a member of the oviraptorosaurs, aka species of theropod dinosaurs that are toothless and have no beaks.
Baby Yingliang gets its name from the Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum, Xiamen. It is home to a number of fossil collections.
Researchers believe the embryonic oviraptorosaur measured 10.6 inches (27cm) in length from head to tail but that it was growing inside a 6.7-inch (17cm) long egg.
‘This dinosaur embryo was obtained by the director of Yingliang Group Mr Liang Liu as suspected egg fossils circa the year 2000,” said Lida Xing (paper author, palaeontologist, China University of Geosciences) in Beijing.
The embryo was named ‘Baby Yingliang’ and found inside a fossilized egg at Shahe Industrial Park in Ganzhou City. It is the completest known dinosaur embryo and has a position closer to that of embryonic birds.
During construction of Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum, in 2010, museum staff sorted through storage to find the specimens.
“These fossils have been identified as dinosaur egg fossils. The embryo was eventually revealed inside an egg by fossil preparation.
“This is how Baby Yingliang was discovered.”