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2 April, 15:00

The egg of the giant beast, found more than 12 years ago in Antarctica, has finally been identified

The egg of the giant beast, found more than 12 years ago in Antarctica, has finally been identified
American researchers finally came close to answering the question of what exactly they found in Antarctica in 2011. These are fossils of the egg of an ancient marine reptile, about the size of an American football, about 66 million years old.
Scientists have dubbed this stone fossil, which measures about 28 by 18 centimeters, a "mystery object." This soft-shelled egg, "distinguished by its flattened and wrinkled form," became one of the largest known eggs, second only to that of the elephant bird.

The structure of the find resembles most eggs of extant lizards and snakes, suggesting that the creature that left it may have laid eggs that continued to develop inside the body until hatching.
"This specimen comes from a creature the size of a dinosaur, but the egg does not look like a dinosaur at all," Lucas Legendre, a graduate student at the School of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, commented on the find. 

He noted that it was previously assumed that the giant marine reptiles of the Cretaceous period were viviparous, but this finding contradicts that hypothesis. However, it opens up new perspectives for studying the evolution of dinosaurs and other extinct marine reptiles.
Additionally, it indicates that the ecosystems of Antarctica may hide many more unexpected discoveries that will help to better understand the history of the planet. 

Source: iflscience.com

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