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Paleontologist finds 80-million-year-old eggs in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Paleontologo ovos 80 milhoes anos Minas Gerais
Paleontologist finds 80-million-year-old eggs in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Paleontologist Paulo Macedo found five fossilized eggs in Minas Gerais that could be from a possible crocodyliform or carnivorous dinosaur. The estimated age is approximately 80 million years and they have characteristics that resemble an elongated bird’s egg, with a smooth shell, without grooves and an approximate size of 6 cm.

Among the fossil material, there are two fragmented eggs, one partially broken and two intact, which can reveal whether there are fossilized remains of an embryo inside. The shell thickness is approximately 1 millimeter, also similar to the pattern seen in carnivorous dinosaur eggs.

It is not yet known if the fragmented eggs hatched or if they suffered breakage due to burial.

The fossils were found by Paulo Macedo while working at the site. The concessionaire Ecovias Cerrado helped to remove the material, which is now in the paleontology laboratory of the State University of Minas Gerais, in the municipality of Ituiutaba.

The finding is rare in Brazil. Some of the most recent discoveries were found in the interior of São Paulo, close to the municipality of Presidente Prudente, and in Minas Gerais, close to the municipalities of Uberaba and Uberlândia, in the Triângulo Mineiro region.

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