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May 25, 2013 8:11 AM

Is this a Dinosaurs Egg ?! it looks new, not fossilized  !!?

Dear All , i found this Egg , no one know what it is , can anyone let me know what there opinion is ?

 

these are the details of this Egg

Detail information about the EGG .

 

- Found Location : dead sea - Jordan , 400 Meters bellow sea level .

- Sand Type in Location : salty Sand from dead sea Area .

- Diameter Egg     : 12 CM

- Smell  Egg         : when opened , the hair smells like goat hair .

- surfaceEgg         : very smooth

- weight Egg         : very light , in grams 200 - 300 grams almost

- weight on water    : can float on water .

- subjected to water  : it became smelly because of the hair layer .

- when dried from water : its smell was acceptable .

- strength of shell    : can stand a drop from a height of 10 meters and not effected

- X-ray scan            : two different locations done to it ( see images)

- MRI                      : the MRI system didn't accept the object to be scanned .

- Hair layer after open : the hair layer are small hair ( 2 cm ) length and smell like - goat hair .

 

Note :

kindly let me know what you think of these photos , i can send you outer shell samples , and send you hair samples too .

 

Photos with dimensions attached in this email :

1: egg photo dimensions

2.egg photo with small whole , with dimensions

4. egg whole focus , we did this whole to see whats the outer layer

6. Egg small hair located exactly after we did a small whole in the egg ( 2cm) each hair sample

9, Egg x-ray angle two .

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    • Dear Mr Abdallat,

       

      I'm not a palaeontologist, but I have asked a Museum expert to examine the evidence you provided. Here is his answer:

       

      Hi Florin,

       

      In answer to this enquiry:

       

      There is nothing fossiliferous about this specimen. There are no structures or features which resemble a dinosaur egg either. It appears to be a biologically created layered aggregation. It further seems quite reasonable from the evidence provided that this is a rumenolith composed of ground vegetable matter and hair stuck together by the precipitation of a low density mineral like calcium phosphate in the gut of an animal like a goat, sheep or cow. This would certainly account for the appearance, the layered structure, the smell, the durability (e.g. resistance to impacts) and low density (floating in water). Like many layered aggregations there is a sphere in the centre but this is simply the innermost layer. It is circular only because it happens to be the layer in the middle and therefore only envelopes itself. There is no evidence or reason to suggest anything else e.g. no defining structures or morphological characters.

       

      As such I can only agree with what was already said by “Mike”. I am sorry if you do not agree with this answer but I feel that this is a perfectly reasonable identification on the evidence provided.

       

      Dr Timothy A. M. Ewin

      Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology

      Department of Earth Sciences

      The Natural History Museum London

      Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD, UK

       

      I hope this helps.

       

      Yours truly,

       

      Florin

       

      Florin Feneru (Mr)

      Identification and Advisory Officer

      Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity

      The Natural History Museum

      Cromwell Road, London

      SW7 5BD, U.K.

      +44 (0)20 7942 5045

      ias2@nhm.ac.uk

       

      www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/darwin-centre-visitors/marmont-centre/

      www.nhm.ac.uk/identification

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