Dinosaur egg identified in Alabama may hold clues to dinosaur evolution


Dinosaur egg identified in Alabama may hold clues to dinosaur evolution

  • Fossil enthusiast Prescott Atkinson found the fossilized egg intact in the chalk beds of Selma, Ala.
  • It was the only dinosaur egg ever found east of the Mississippi River and the only one in the world found in marine sediments.
  • Using x-ray beams, scans of the egg were captured to assemble an embryonic skeleton.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The egg was meant to hatch into a dinosaur. Then came the water.

Carried away by a storm or spilled into a river, the egg drifted out to sea at a time when the Gulf Coast lay somewhere north of Montgomery, Alabama. About 82 million years later, in 1970, 17-year-old fossil enthusiast Prescott Atkinson found the fossilized egg intact in the chalk beds of Selma, Alabama, the only dinosaur egg ever found there. east of the Mississippi River and the only one in the world found. in marine sediments.

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