Discovery of Dinosaur Eggs Dominated the News Media in 2017

Discovery of Dinosaur Eggs - Linhenykus

Discovery of Dinosaur Eggs at Patagonia Excited the Whole World

The archaeological community all over the world stood animated with the discovery of dinosaur eggs at Patagonia.

Discovery of Dinosaur Eggs - Linhenykus
Linhenykus, an extinct genus of alvarezsaurid theropod dinosaur.

If you were thrilled by the Science Fiction movie series of Jurassic Park, there is more to be fascinated about in Argentina. After the discovery of several dinosaur eggs  in hundreds of nests in the sites of Patagonia in Argentina, the Argentinian Authorities are visioning a paleontological park which would be open for the tourists.

The 70 million years old fossilized eggs has excited archaeologists globally as two of those eggs preserved the bones of hindlimb. According to Dr. Martin Kundrát, this is the first time the eggs are found in a close proximity to skeletal remains of an alvarezsaurid dinosaur. Dr. Martin Kundrát is a dinosaur expert at at Uppsala University of Sweden. It was Dr. José Bonaparte who first discovered alvarezsaurid in Patagonia during 1991.

Two of those eggs were unearthed with the bones. The experts suggest that the animal must have died as the eggs were still inside its oviduct. Archaeologists unearthed several dinosaur eggs until now. Most of those eggshell fragments conclude that the eggs were either incubated or contained embryos in its advanced state. Unlike the past discoveries, according to Dr. Kundart, the two eggs found with the bones did not match with any known category of eggshell microstructure-based taxonomy.

Alvarezsaurid is a long-legged dinosaur that is believed to be evolved from a branch of  maniraptoran theropods. The fossils of these dinosaurs were excavated from South America, North America, and Asia. They were mostly between from 50 centimeters and 2 meters in length. These dinosaurs were lightly-built and small. However, the fossil unearthed in Patagonia is believed to be of a larger alvarezsaurid with a length of 2.6 meters. Yet, your imaginations of a huge dinosaur can be hampered by the size of even an overgrown alvarezsaurid.

The discovery of dinosaur eggs at Patagonia helped us to learn more about our planet’s past. The unearthed egg’s mother dinosaur might have lived on Gondwana. Gondwana or Gondwanaland is the name given by scientists to the southern landmass that joined Laurasia to form the supercontinent, around 335 to 250 million years ago. Dinosaurs lived on Earth for several million years. It is believed that they ruled earth from 230 million years to 65 million years ago.

Also read: How dinosaurs got extinct?

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