Mystery Antarctica fossil found in Chile is massive prehistoric egg

Handout picture released on June 16, 2020 by the Chilean National Museum of Natural History showing a fossil egg allegedly from a mosasaurus, a dinosaur species that lived in the Antarctic Peninsula 66 million-years ago, according to investigators from Texas University, Chilean University and the Chilean National Museum of Natural History, in Santiago. (Photo by AFP)

Scientists had nicknamed it ‘The Thing’ – a mysterious football-sized fossil discovered in Antarctica that sat in a Chilean museum awaiting someone who could work out just what it was. Now, analysis has revealed that the mystery fossil is in fact a soft-shelled egg, the largest ever found, laid some 68 million years ago, possibly by a type of extinct sea snake or lizard.

(Source: AFP)


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