posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 08:01 PM
These are fossilized eggs, they're found often. Whats really interseting is that they are in an identifiable species.
In paleontologoy, an animal is given a taxic identification, a name.
However, thats all and good for species, but what about, say, eggs? Can't allways id whats in it (via catscanning, etc) to be specifically a
particular species, therefore, you can't call it that, and can't give an egg a new name. So there are 'ovotaxons', egg names, usually based
strictly on the shell microstructure.
For footprints its even worse, cause there's no hope of finding and animal literally dead in its tracks, and even then its not 'certain'. So there
are 'ichnotaxons' for that, 'markings names' that are completely different from the regular taxon names.
So a tyrannosaur egg has one name, a foot print another, and the animal itself another. Nutty no? Necessary unfortunately.