Troodontid nest

About 80 million years ago in the Gobi Desert, sixteen dinosaurs hatched in this nest. One of the hatchlings died before it left the nest. Bad news for the hatchling, but good news for scientists. This evidence tells us that this nest once contained troodontid dinosaurs.

Troodontid nest
(troh-uh-DON-tid)
Locality Found: Mongolia
Age: Cretaceous 80 MYA
Size: 12 inches long
Prepared For: Museum exhibit for the year 2000
Characteristics: This rare discovery displays a nest of eggs arranged in a tight circle that was laid by a troodontid dinosaur.

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; Roy Chapman Andrews: courtesy of AMNH; Amy Davidson: Discovery Channel Online.