More Than 66 Million Year Old Egg Found in Antarctica

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More Than 66 Million Year Old Egg Found in Antarctica

  • The mystery behind a 66 million years old fossil egg has been resolved by the scientists.
  • The egg was found in Antarctica՚s Seymour Island.
  • As per some estimates its age is 68 million years.
  • The fossil looks like a deflated American football.
  • It was kept in a Chilean museum and was nicknamed ‘The Thing’ .
More Than 66 Million Year Old Egg Found in Antarctica

Overview

  • After analyzing, the researchers have said that the egg belongs to an extinct giant sea lizard or snake that lived alongside the dinosaurs.
  • The fossil egg is 29 cm by 20 cm (8 inches by 11 inches) .
  • It is the second largest egg in the world.
  • The first position is still held by Madagascar՚s extinct giant flightless elephant bird.
  • This new egg is the first fossil egg from Antarctica.
  • It is also the largest soft-shelled egg ever discovered.
  • The egg was found by Chilean scientists in a rock formation, where several other dinosaur fossils were discovered.
  • Researchers have said that seagoing (the marine lizards also called mosasaurs) and the long necked plesiosaurs are the only creatures huge enough to lay such an egg in Antarctica.
  • The notion that animals did not lay eggs but gave birth to live young (viviparous) has been changed by the discovery of this fossil egg.

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