The Fascinating World of Dinosaur Eggs & Nesting Habits

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The Fascinating World of Dinosaur Eggs & Nesting Habits

A species can survive only by passing on its genes, and dinosaurs were no exception. Since there were countless species of dinosaurs, there were also numerous types of eggs and parenting behaviors. Let’s explore the fascinating world of dinosaur eggs and nesting habits.

Types of Eggs

Although every dinosaur laid eggs, not all eggs looked the same. In fact, the texture and color differed depending on the species. Some dinosaurs laid hard-shelled eggs, but some species, such as ceratopsians, laid eggs with soft, leathery shells.

It’s easy to assume that all dinosaur eggs were shades of white or brown, like many eggs we see today. However, egg color differed depending on the species. For instance, theropods often laid vibrant blue or green eggs, while sauropods laid white or brown ones.

The shape also varied between species. The majority of theropods laid oblong eggs, similar to modern birds. On the other hand, most sauropods laid spherical eggs, like various modern reptiles such as turtles.

Types of Nests

Now that we’ve uncovered the fascinating world of dinosaur eggs, let’s get into nesting habits. Different species also exhibited a range of nesting behaviors, from sitting on the nest to laying eggs and walking away.

Most sauropods buried their eggs, hiding them before leaving the nest and likely never returning. This may not sound like ideal animal parenting, but sea turtles do the same thing today. Theropods also exhibited behaviors we see in modern animals, but their nesting habits were more like those of birds: they sat on their nests and likely raised their young after the eggs hatched. Some nesting dinosaurs lived in groups, relying on group dynamics to spot predators and protect their young.

Incubation Times

Like many bird and reptile species we see today, the time it took for dinosaur eggs to hatch varied. Scientists estimate that, on average, incubation took three to six months. Longer incubation times could put a species at higher risk of danger due to predators lurking about and searching for easy targets.

A Glance at a Dino Parent: The Velociraptor

As a theropod, the velociraptor most likely laid oblong, colorful eggs. Moreover, scientists hypothesize that this feisty raptor sat on the nest to protect its young and even raised the hatchlings for the first few years of their lives. Creative Beast Studio sells realistic dinosaur action figures of this wonderful dino parent. Our collection features a range of velociraptor figures, including accessory packs with egg clutches. Order today and create your group of nesting beasts!

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