Japan's experts discover the world's smallest dinosaur egg
Tokyo, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Japan's experts discovered a 110 million-year-old fossilized dinosaur egg, in the western of the country, which was recognized as the smallest in the world by the Guinness World Records Organization, Tsukuba University reported on Wednesday.
A team of researchers from that academic institution detailed that the egg measures approximately 4.5 centimeters by two centimeters and probably belonged to a new species of theropod.
The fossilized egg was estimated to weigh only 10 grams, about the same as a quail egg; the specimen was found in a stratum dating from the Early Cretaceous period in Tamba, Hyogo prefecture.
Since the skeletal remains of small dinosaurs are much less common than those of larger ones such as Tyrannosaurus, which was also a theropod, the discovery suggests that many different types of dinosaurs once wandered into what is now Japan, the researchers noted.
'I hope people know that a dinosaur fossil listed as a world record has been found in Japan and reflect on the various types of dinosaurs in prehistoric times,' said team member Kohei Tanaka, an assistant professor at Tsukuba University.
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