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Pterodactyls found to come from eggs

Posted on Sunday, 9 January, 2005 | Comment icon 15 comments

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"Pterodactyls, or "winged dinosaurs," were born from egg cells, according to new research by a Chinese professor."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by ROGER on 10 January, 2005, 5:30
I am with them!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Fluffybunny on 10 January, 2005, 11:37
Yes, but the big question is which came first; the pterodactyl or the egg?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hotoke on 10 January, 2005, 11:58
something layed an egg that evolved into the pterodactyl
Comment icon #9 Posted by BurnSide on 10 January, 2005, 21:15
I thought all dino's came from eggs, was there ever a question about the matter? 444049[/snapback] Pterodactyls aren't dinosaurs. It was generally believed that they gave birth to live young like bats. This news, while expected, is new.
Comment icon #10 Posted by blizno on 2 February, 2005, 19:06
Some snakes lay eggs - some give live birth. Many dinosaur eggs have been found but it's not certain which dinosaurs gave birth live and which laid eggs. Birds are thought to have evolved from one group of dinosaurs, not the other way around.
Comment icon #11 Posted by BurnSide on 2 February, 2005, 21:12
Absolutely. The raptors.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jesus_Freak on 2 February, 2005, 21:51
I always just assumed they did come from eggs... i never knew that they thought they didn't.
Comment icon #13 Posted by binderbird on 5 June, 2005, 13:37
It looks like I may have a pterodactyl egg. I am not the person who found it. I bought it in a box of junk, rocks and some fossilized bones that was rolling around in the trunk of a junk car. I seem to remember he said it was just laying on the ground on their farm somewhere in south west Kansas right on the Kansas border. He picked it up and thought it was just a cool looking rock and believed that even after I told him it was an egg. I was hoping someone could inspect the minerals and determine the formation. I would also like to get a CT scan or MRI to see inside a little better. My Windows... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by ROGER on 5 June, 2005, 23:31
May not be worth much without a positive point of origin and research of the area to assess its climatic environment at the time of fossilization. Other wise you have a pretty rock.
Comment icon #15 Posted by binderbird on 6 June, 2005, 4:06
The owner of the Museum Of World History here in Wichita told it to me this way. "There are people that go out and hunt Deer, Bear and such then mount the trophy on their walls. Then there are people with more money that go to Africa, bag their kill and mount Tigers and Rhinos on their wall". He went on to say "there are some super rich that spend hundreds of millions of dollars on Pterodactyls to hang on their walls". Then he said "you know what Brian? Not one of them have a Pterodactyl egg on their mantle or on their desk"! He said " you have an egg that is priceless".

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