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Giant fossilized dinosaur eggs - Real or Not?


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Initial post: Apr 18, 2012 7:44:57 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Giant fossilized dinosaur eggs found in Chechnya... Are they real or not?

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/huge-dinosaur-eggs-found-in-chechnyascientists-claim/

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 12:30:30 PM PDT
They'll have to saw one open to really know. Radiocarbon dating is useless on eggs that old; there's no organic matter left to date.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 5:17:32 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
(This is science fiction?)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 6:13:18 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"(This is science fiction?)"

I guess it depends on whether or not you think they are real or not... Real would make them science, not real means they are fiction...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 11:46:23 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Maybe we should call this dinosaur egg beach: http://www.mendocino.com/?id=171&url=

I'm kind of surprised that I couldn't find anything about the kind of rock or the deposition environment, that would be helpful. Even with just the naked eye or a magnifying glass, it would be easy enough to rule out some possible origins by cracking one of the darn things open (and I'd bet pretty good money someone already has).

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 1:44:39 PM PDT
Mrs. Garside says:
Define 'giant'.

Sure they're not just big geodes?

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 7:45:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2012 7:46:20 AM PDT
It's interesting to note that the promoters / discoverers are generic "geologists" and not paleontologists. I'd think before announcing the find, the first thing one would do is call in an expert. An actual paleontologist points out that dinosaur fossils have never been found in the region, and that non-biological objects that look kinda like eggs are found all the time.
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/scientist-says-dinosaur-eggs-found-in-chechnya-actually-rocks/457137.html

The Reuters article
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/17/us-russia-chechnya-dinosaurs-idUSBRE83G0YI20120417
points out a likely motive (if you read between the lines) for their being a bit eager to find giant "eggs" -- the fledgeling Chechen tourist industry :-).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 12:51:46 PM PDT
Mrs. Garside says:
Good point. Giant eggs make better copy than giant rocks.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 5:04:01 PM PDT
I think omelette this subject alone.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 10:39:02 PM PDT
Rogue says:
Yeah, let's not egg them on.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 12:19:35 PM PDT
J. Beaver says:
A quick CT scan will resolve the question.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 1:15:24 PM PDT
Mrs. Garside says:
Gilbert, Glenn:

You are TOO cute!
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