Case cracked: Mystery Antarctica fossil is massive prehistoric egg

  Scientists had nicknamed it "The Thing" --- a mysterious football-sized fossil discovered in Antarctica that sat in a Chilean museum awaiting someone who could work out just what it was. Now, analysis has revealed the mystery fossil to be a soft-shelled egg, the largest ever found, laid some 68 million years ago, possibly by a type of extinct sea snake or lizard. The revelation ends nearly a decade of speculation and could change thinking about the lives of marine creatures in this era, said Lucas Legendre, lead author of a paper detailing the findings, published Wednesday in the journal Nature. "It is very rare to find fossil soft-shelled eggs that are that well-p...Keep on reading: Case cracked: Mystery Antarctica fossil is massive prehistoric egg

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