If you live in a part of the world where reptiles are plentiful, you probably have come across a reptile egg here and there. It seems as if scientists have now found the largest reptile egg in the world and they had to go the whole way to Antarctica to find it.
The egg is some 7 inches wide and 11 inches long. It seems as if it was laid by some type of sea monster that walked the earth around 68 million years ago, give or take an eon.
According to Lucas Legendre, a scientist and the lead author from the University of Texas, “It is from an animal the size of a large dinosaur — but it is completely unlike a dinosaur egg.”
They think that the reptile who laid this egg would have been about 23 feet long from snout to tail. They describe the species in the June 17 issue of Nature, and they named it Antarcticoolithus bradyi.
“It is most similar to the eggs of lizards and snakes — but it is from a truly giant relative of these animals,” said Legendre.
They looked into some 259 modern eggs from reptiles and the reptiles themselves. They feel that the closest description for the monster that laid this egg is a mosasaur, according to SWNS.
“The egg belonged to an individual that was at least 23 feet long — a giant marine reptile,” Legendre said.
Aside from the fact that it is an absolutely huge egg that breaks records, the scientists have also challenged the thought that those reptiles did not lay eggs.