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Natural History - Fossil Hadrosaur Dinosaur Egg

Late Cretaceous Period, 100-66 million years BP

A large Charonosaurus sp. hadrosaur egg on matrix retaining evidence of the original leathery surface. 3.7 kg, 16cm (6 1/4"). Fine condition, waxed and polished.

Property of an East Sussex gentleman; from his private collection formed between 1983 and 1990; formerly in a South East London collection formed in the 1970s.
Dinosaur eggs are known from about 200 sites around the world, the majority in Asia and mostly in terrestrial (non-marine) rocks of Cretaceous Age. It may be that thick calcite eggshells evolved during the Cretaceous (145 to 65 million years ago). Most dinosaur eggs have one of two forms of eggshell that are distinct from the shells of related modern animal groups, such as turtles or birds; however, some eggs closely resemble the type of shells seen in present day ostrich eggs.