In the province of Neuquén, Argentina, paleontologists have announced that they have discovered more than 160 specimens of fossil eggs of prehistoric birds that lived in the Cretaceous period, around 85 million years ago. The information was reported for the first time by the journal of the National University of Comahue (UNC) when a researcher found only 73 eggs. The discovery took place during UNC surveillance due to upcoming construction.
The paleontologist Juan Porfiri had reported that the find is “a nesting site 12 meters long by 5 meters wide”, while the eggs are “about 5 centimeters from end to end in an elliptical shape, with an extremely smooth shell. Unlike the other dinosaur eggs that have appeared in the town of Neuquén that are rough, round and larger. ”While the paleontological protection tasks continue, many materials found at the site have already been collected and integrated into the collection. from the Museum of Natural Sciences.
Other discoveries reported in Patagonia
The UNC campus is known to be one of the most important paleontological sites in the country, where new fossil materials are constantly appearing. “Many of those that have appeared are new species of crocodiles, reptiles, birds” and even “the first groups of new families of dinosaurs that have been discovered in the world,” said paleontologist Juan Porfiri. The university territory is not the only place in Neuquén known for its paleontological wealth. New fossil finds are constantly being reported in Patagonia, whose geological and geographical conditions facilitate innumerable finds.