Elongatoolithus sp.
    Upper Cretaceous
    Central Asia

    This fine specimen is an excellent demonstration of the egg-laying practices of the cretaceous Oviraptorids. Each egg is touching another, and they are arranged in layered pairs; it is believed that Oviraptors had paired ovaries, laying two eggs at a time and then waiting a few days before laying another pair in the same nest. The name Oviraptor means "egg-seizer" in Latin, because the first fossil remains of the genus were found atop a nest of eggs. As further specimens were unearthed, however, it became apparent that these Oviraptors were actually brooding over their own eggs. As well as this familiarly bird-like nesting behavior, some species even boasted a full-body covering of feathers. This nest comprises seven good-sized egg specimens, the largest of which is an impressive 9 inches long, with a further three poking out from underneath. As is usual, there is some cracking to most of the fragile fossil shells, but several retain good coverage with superb texture, nestled in the natural clay matrix which measures 22 x 15½ inches.

    Estimate: $8,500 - $10,000.

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