Understanding incomplete eggs

Bob Rader examines the fine qualities of a spheroolithid egg. (Photo by Christian Heck).

 

As a group, we decided to look at the occurrence of incomplete eggs, and try to create a criteria to differentiate between hatching/ predation and normal weathering processes. Previous groups in 2010 and 2011 looked at all openings indiscriminately and ended up with inconclusive results. We decided to create a narrower set of criteria in order to eliminate eggs we thought had a much smaller chance of being hatched or predated.

 If successful, this study will allow future researchers to compile a better understanding of dinosaur ecology and can possibly help differentiate between egg types. This study could also help solidify orientation data when no stratigraphic information is available, as is very common with dinosaur eggs in China.

 Blog posted by Hatching Window Team: Heather Davis, Michael Bustamante and Bob Rader

 

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