Raptor Dinosaur Egg Nest [Five Eggs]; On Bronze Base. Nest of six Oviraptor eggs from the Kaoguo Formation in Xixia Basin, Henan Province, China and date back to the Mesozoic era, late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage around 70 to 65 million years.
It is estimated that there where more Eggs from this Nest to completely form a circular lay pattern. The eggs were laid concentrically in pairs, and are inclined to the ground at low angles, sloping away from the Nests centre, this is a common detail in this dinosaurs nest discovered today. Overall the shell exhibits deep blues and the surrounding matrix consists of dark maroon in colour.
The name Oviraptor means 'egg-seizer' in Latin, because the first fossil remains of the Oviraptor were found atop a nest of eggs. As further specimens were unearthed, however, it became apparent that these Oviraptors were not being predatory but actually brooding over their own eggs. Also the bird like nesting behaviour, some boasted a full body plumage of feathers.
(Comes with museum style custom bronze base).
Weight: 18kg approximately
- fossilised mineralised petrified limestone and bone chitin material
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