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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The World's smallest dinosaur eggs found in Japan

Hyogo prefectural government officials (about 500 km from Tokyo) confirmed to have found a dinosaur egg. Once analyzed, the findings are the smallest dinosaur eggs ever.
Fossilized fragments of a new type of dinosaur egg have been found in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture. The egg is characterized by a unique branch-like pattern on the surface. The scale is graduated in millimeters. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HF6Bsq)
The eggs are found already in the form of tiny shell fragments with a shell thickness of about 0.4 millimeters - a little thicker than the shell of a chicken egg. Experts estimate it weighs about 100 grams. The shell fragments estimated age of 110 million years ago, as quoted by the Asahi.

There are about 90 fragments eggshells when excavation began in 2007. Once analyzed, eight of which are new discoveries.
An artist's rendition of a fully-grown dinosaur that would have laid eggs unearthed in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HF6Bsq)
Fossils will be exhibited at the Museum of Nature and Human Activies in Sanda, Hyogo, from July 21 until August 31. There, the dinosaurs fans can see near the new findings called 'Nipponoolithus ramosus oogen et oosp nov' which roughly means 'egg timber of Japan' in the Greek language.

Although experts have not been able to identify what species these eggs came from, but they predict the fossil of a dinosaur egg is similar to teropod bipedal of Asia and North America that has a weighs 15 kilograms. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE ASAHI SHIMBUN]
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