Scientists at the University of Texas have finally learned the secret of a 66-million-year-old fossil. The fossil was discovered in 2011 and scientists have been striving to obtain the truth ever since.
Chilean experts discovered the fossil in 2011 but failed to identify it and placed it in a national museum. According to the German magazine ‘Fox‘, due to the failure to identify it, it was named as ‘One Thing’. It is about the size of a football.
However, in 2018, archaeologist Julia Clark advised that the object was the egg of a very large reptile. This assumption was rejected at the time due to the size of the object and the lack of structure in it.
However, chemical analysis of the substance by scientists this year confirmed Julia Clark’s hypothesis that it was an egg. Clark made the assumption in her research paper, of which she was the co-author, and it was published in the well-known scientific research journal Nature.
This 66-million-year-old fossil is of which creature?
According to the German newspaper Deutsche Sight, the fossil is 28 cm long and 18 cm wide. It is the largest soft shell egg, and the second-largest egg ever discovered. It is in the shape of a snake’s egg and scientists believe that the minimum length of an animal that could be an egg would have been seven meters.
This fossil is 28 cm long and 18 cm wide. It is the largest soft shell egg, and the second-largest egg ever discovered.
Scientists are still trying to identify the creature. However, they speculate that it may be from the family of reptiles of the ‘Mozasurit’ family, which existed on Earth millions of years ago.
Scientists have also found the skeleton of the creature from where they found the egg. However, according to the information so far, this type used to give birth instead of eggs. Some scientists believe that it could be an aquatic organism or amphibian that has long since become extinct. Amphibians can live in both water and land.
According to Lucas Legendre, author of the latest study, “it is extremely rare for an egg with a soft shell to be found in such a safe form.” Will get a new direction.