Central India's rare dinosaur fossil discovery

According to specialists involved in the excavation, scientists from the Delhi University have found at least 250 fossilised eggs and more than 90 nesting locations of the dinosaur Titanosaurus in central India. The fossilised eggs and sites date back around 67 million years.

Central India's rare dinosaur fossil discovery
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According to a recent study, more than 250 fossilised eggs have been found that provide important information about the lives of titanosaurs on the Indian subcontinent. There have been 92 titanosaur nesting sites discovered recently in the Lameta Formation, which is part of Central India's Narmada valley. Titanosaurs were among the largest dinosaurs to have ever existed.According to the lead author of the study, Harsha Dhiman, "our research has revealed the presence of an extensive hatchery of titanosaur sauropod dinosaurs in the study area and offers new insights into the conditions of nest preservation and reproductive strategies of titanosaur sauropod dinosaurs just before they went extinct."The design of the nests shows that, like modern crocodiles, these dinosaurs laid their eggs in shallow pits. Some features of these eggs, including a rare instance of "egg-in-egg," suggest that titanosaurs had a reproductive system that was comparable to birds', and they may have even placed their eggs sequentially like contemporary birds. The nests were also closely spaced, which may have meant that the adults abandoned the hatchlings to fend for themselves.These nesting locations represent one of the world's largest dinosaur hatcheries, claims Guntupalli V R Prasad, a co-author of the study. The nests, which date from a period just before the extinction of dinosaurs, offer fascinating insights into the lives of some of the biggest dinosaurs ever known.

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