The perfectly round agate with a diameter of about 5 cm turned out to be a dinosaur egg. PHOTO/ IFL Science
LONDON – An agate that has been in the mineralogy collection of the Natural History Museum, London, for 175 years, turns out to be a 60 million year old dinosaur egg.
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Robin Hansen, one of the Mineral Curators, said the agate was discovered in India in 1883 and was identified as agate at that time.
However, after paleontologists conducted further research and found that the agate had a structure and features similar to dinosaur eggs.
“While I was looking at the show, a collector showed me an agate dinosaur egg, and it was similar to the agate stone in the museum, and after examining it it turned out to be a real dinosaur egg,” Hansen said as reported by IFL Science.
The agate has a perfectly round shape with a diameter of about 5 cm. The surface of the agate has a smooth and shiny texture. The agate is pale pink with a few white spots.
Paleontologists concluded that the agate was formed when dinosaur eggs were buried under the ash of a volcanic eruption. Silicate-rich water from volcanic eruptions flows into the eggs and forms agate.
The dinosaur egg likely belonged to Titanosaurus, a giant herbivorous dinosaur that lived in India at the end of the Cretaceous period.
Titanosaurus was very large, with a body length of up to 30 meters and a weight of up to 70 tons.
The discovery of dinosaur egg agate is a very important discovery for scientists. This discovery provides new evidence about dinosaur life in the past.
The discovery of dinosaur egg agate is proof that there are still many mysteries about dinosaurs that have not been revealed. It is hoped that new discoveries in the future will provide a more complete picture of dinosaur life in the past.