In 1923, Roy Chapman Andrews gave the name Oviraptor philoceratops (egg eater) to a dinosaur they found lying on top of a nest of what they thought were Protoceratops eggs. A similar egg was subsequently found containing an almost complete skeleton of an Oviraptor embryo. It is now believed that the Oviraptors were actually protecting and nurturing their own eggs rather than raiding the nest. This replica is made from one of the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered. This was in the Cretaceous rocks of the Goby Desert of Mongolia.
Authentic Oviraptor dinosaur eggs can sell starting at about $300 but these only have about 10% original shell and the rest of the “egg” being the filled in matrix. More complete eggs with 60% or greater preserved shell can sell for well over $1000. The replica egg offered here was molded and cast from an egg with nearly 100% of the original shell intact making our replica a great value and teaching specimen.
6.25" long x 2.24" wide
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