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A dinosaur egg bonanza is helping ecologists understand prehistoric parenting

New research suggests some dinosaurs buried and protected eggs in groups
<em>Therizinosaurs</em> and their fossilised eggs.
<em>Therizinosaurs</em> and their fossilised eggs. (Mark Witton/Kohei Tanaka/)

Perhaps the most amazing thing about fossils is that they don’t just show us what extinct animals looked like, they can also reveal how those animals lived. Even a fossilised dinosaur egg can provide a wealth of clues about its parents’ behaviour.

Dinosaur hunters in the Javkhlant region of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia 15 exceptionally well preserved clutches of eggs that came from a species of theropod dinosaur. Through some fantastic detective work, the researchers argue that this fossil

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