The first dinosaur fossilized egg is found in Russia
Paleontologists have found the fossilized egg of a dinosaur of the Cretaceous period in the neighborhood of the Shestakovo village (Kemerovo region). This is the first such find in Russia.
Shestakovo village has long been considered the Siberian capital of dinosaurs: from the mid-1950s scientists regularly dig out there the remains of ancient lizards, as well as other animals of the Mesozoic era. The new fossil has opened a new page in Russian paleontology.
«The finding of the dinosaur’s fossilized egg fragments is a very important and historic discovery for us, since there have never been such discoveries relating to the beginning of the Cretaceous earlier in Russia. The egg was probably laid by a small bodied theropod dinosaur, troodontid or primitive bird», researchers noted.
Experts from the Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and three Russian universities took part in the excavations.
It should be noted that in recent years, dozens of eggs of ancient lizards were found during excavations in northern China, in the Mongolian part of the Gobi Desert and in Argentina. The study of similarities and differences in the fossils structure found in these territories, including Russia, helps scientists to trace the family ties between the “parents” of eggs, and also to understand the conditions under which they lived and how their youngsters developed.
The archeological find is described in Historical Biology.
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