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Dinosaur Nest Eggs?


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I really appreciate all the help with the dinosaur footprint identification.

After comparing pictures on the website, it sure looks like an Anomoepus as you suggested.

In the same creek where I found that footprint and another raptor footprint,

I also found what appears to be a possible nest with eggs in it.

The "nest" has two full "eggs" and several partial ones--and they are about 2 inches in diameter.

When I washed them off--one of them appeared to have a baby dinosaur exposed.

There seems to be a bird like skull with a body that curls around with a tail...along with a leg and arm/claw.

Is this possibly a dinosaur nest with eggs? I need some expert opinions!

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Sorry, but I don't believe so.

This looks like one of many of the odd looking sedimentary structures that are common in the Newark Supergroup formations.

I'm not seeing anything egglike or fossil like here.

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The picture is out of focus on the rock surface, maybe there are details there that you can see but we can't.

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It is likely blurry because you were photographing it under low light conditions so the camera used a slow shutter speed & any movement of the camera will cause it to blur. Photograph it OUTSIDE but NOT with the sun shining on it.

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Thanks--I will try to get better pictures of the whole rock and the "eggs".

Thanks for all the feedback!

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Wait, sorry--the attachment is too large and didn't go through...sorry, will have to figure out how to get it smaller.

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Thanks for the picture advice--I had trouble getting it to work so will see if my kids can help me :)

I have attached another picture of both "eggs" --it appears that both have similar "babies" exposed?

I will try to get the other pictures downloaded as they are better quality.

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I can't make eggs out of them.

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That's funny :)

For some reason--the picture flipped upside down when I attached it.

Are you able to reverse it and look at it? (wish I could send the clear ones)

Anyways, thanks for looking and giving me feedback...always appreciated!

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Yes, sorry,... no eggs, or embryos, or babies.

I see many confusing geologic oddities when hunting, but fossils tend to look a certain way, in certain areas, and you tend to be able to discern the differences after familiarizing yourself with the fossils in your area.

It's always best to check and make sure you do/don't have something, by having others look at them.

You never know what you'll find.

It is, however, important to keep an open mind, and not get your hopes set on something being what you perceive it to be

You have already found some neat footprints. That's pretty darn good! :)

Just do allot of reading about your area, and what can be found.

Familiarize yourself with the types of rocks that have fossils, and what potential fossils can be found, and pretty soon you will have a good handle on your specific hunting area.

Keep looking down.

Regards,

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Thanks--I figured the "eggs" were a long shot but wanted to check since I found them near the footprints.

Thanks for all your time and help!

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Considering that this is from the same area where you have found bona fide footprints, I would not dismiss the possibility that what you have here is some mud displacement from a shallow partial dino footprint.

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I wonder whether they could be underprints. What does the back side of that rock look like, and how thick is it?

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Sorry, but I'm still thinking sedimentary structures of some sort.

Even with the clearer pictures, it's not looking fossily to me.

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I've attached a side view and bottom view of the rock.

It's like two rocks--one one top of the other.

The top rock could be sandstone mixed with something harder?

The bottom rock has an interesting shape--almost like a big egg...but I'm not saying it's an egg :)

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Do you think it possible to cleave the rock apart at the layers?

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>Paleontology is an evolving science.

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I might be able to--was actually thinking about trying it.

Will let you know what I find if I can pull it off.

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