The curse of the horned dinosaur egg

Horned dinosaurs (ceratopsians) just can’t catch a break when it comes to their fossilized eggs. The first purported examples turned up in Mongolia during the 1920s, attributed to Protoceratops. A few unlucky “Protoceratops” eggs were fossilized next to the jaws of another dinosaur (Oviraptor, which means “egg thief”), presumably in the act of raiding the nest. Decades later, it turned out that the nest raider was probably the parent Oviraptor safeguarding its own eggs. Study of other eggs associated with embryos showed that everything we thought were Protoceratops eggs were actually from Oviraptor and related animals! —> Read More