Scientists Uncover How 4,000-Pound Dinosaurs Sat On Their Eggs Without Crushing Them

Gigantoraptor dinosaurs guard their eggs from a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Brooding can be a tough job when you’re a Cretaceous dinosaur weighing up to 4,400 pounds. Unless you come up with a unique strategy that lets you sit on your eggs without crushing them.

As it turns out, large oviraptorosaurs — like the Gigantoraptors pictured above, which weighed around 4,000 pounds, roughly the same as a rhinoceros — did just that, reveals a new study, published today in the journal Biology Letters.

Oviraptorosaurs were a type of feathered carnivorous dinosaurs that roamed the Earth during the Late Cretaceous — or between 100 million and 66 million years ago, up until the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event.

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