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16 Dinosaur Egg Facts for Kids
- Dinosaur eggs were laid by female dinosaurs and contain a developing dinosaur embryo.
- Dinosaur eggs vary in shape, size, color and texture.
- Researchers have discovered that some dinosaur eggs were a blush-green color.
- The first fossilized dinosaur egg was discovered in 1859 by French amateur naturalist Jean-Jacques Poech in France.
- Paleontologists have found thousands of fossilized dinosaur eggs and fragments since the first discovery in 1859.
- Dinosaur eggs are classified into one of three main categories and they are ornithoid prismatic and spherulitic.
- Dinosaur eggs and eggshell fragments need three important components to be considered a fossilized egg.
- The three components for identifying a dinosaur eggshell fragment are a uniform thickness, a slight curve and have tiny pores covering the surface.
- Dinosaur eggs with embryos are rare but have been discovered for several different species.
- Species of dinosaurs found in fossilized eggs with embryos include the Maiasaura, Lourinhanosaurus and Lufengosaurus.
- In 1913, the first dinosaur eggshells were discovered in North America while prospecting the Blackfoot Reservation.
- In 1923, the first dinosaur eggs were discovered in Asia during the Central Asiatic Expedition.
- Paleontologists believe female dinosaurs laid multiple eggs at the same time, between 3 and 20 eggs.
- Many dinosaur eggs never got a chance to hatch as predators would be out on the hunt for fresh eggs.
- The oldest dinosaurs to date to be discovered came from dinosaurs in the genus Massospondylus. These fossilized eggs are from the Early Jurassic Period, which was around 190 million years ago.
- According to the Guinness World Records, the largest collection of fossilized dinosaur eggs has 10,008 individual samples. This record was set on November 10th, 2004 by the Heyuan Museum in China.