Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter!

Cretaceous eggs, Dallas Natural Sciences Museum, "Chinasaurs" exhibit

Happy Easter, everyone!

According to a press release from the University of Leicester, certain Easter eggs available in the UK resemble dinosaur eggs more closely than they do bird eggs.  The press release is here: "Dino Eggs Shape Easter Eggs, says new Study."

The study appeared in the current issue of Paleontology and was part of an effort to determine whether newly-found eggs (Sankofa pyrenaica) from the Cretaceous of Spain were laid by dinosaurs or birds.  As seen below, at least one Easter egg closely resembles to the newly-discovered Sankofa:

Comparison of bird (light grey), dino (dark), and Easter (colored)

Nieves Lopez-Martinez and Enric Vicens I Batet, “A new peculiar dinosaur egg, Sankofa pyrenaica oogen. nov. oosp. nov. from the Upper Cretaceous coastal deposits of the Aren Formation, south-central Pyrenees, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain,” Paleontology 55 (2): 325-339 (2012). 

Dinosaur eggs, Dallas Natural Sciences Museum, "Chinasaurs" exhibit

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