7.75" Oviraptor Egg!
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This Oviraptor egg is not only in phenomenal condition, it is the largest we have ever come across, measuring almost 8" in length! The egg is beautifully imbedded in its natural nest matrix, with the remains of other egg's shells and their impressions clearly visible. The matrix was cut smooth on the bottom in order to allow this magnificent piece to stand on its own. A meticulous cleaning by Charles McGovern revealed a finely preserved shell, which was lightly sealed in order to preserve its integrity. This is a Museum grade specimen for the discriminating collector.
Measures: ~ 7-3/4" x 2-1/2" x 3"
In Matrix Measures: 9-1/2'' x 3-1/2'' x 7-1/2"
Time Period: Cretaceous (85 - 75 myo)
*This specimen was purchased from a private collection and has been in the United States for several years.
Oviraptor is a genus of small therapod (three toed) dinosaurs, which lived during the late Cretaceous (85 - 75 myo).
It had a sharp toothless beak and it's body was thought to have been covered with feathers. At the time, Oviraptors were the most closely related dinosaurs to birds. It's name, Oviraptor, directly translated means "Egg thief", due to the fact that it's skeletal remains were first discovered on top of an egg nest. It was later discovered that the eggs were most likely its own & it was simply brooding them. An Oviraptor's diet most likely consisted of feeding on mollusks and other crustaceans. It also may very well have supplemented its diet with plants, lizards and an occasional egg.