187 Million Year Old Prehistoric Egg Hatches in Munich Museum

Munich| A malfunction with the heating system of the Paläontologischen Museum (or palaeontological Museum) had some unforeseen consequences, as a Paraphysornis egg dating from the Jurassic period ended up hatching, giving birth to the first dinosaur to see the daylight in more than 100 million years.




The egg which was believed to be petrified was preserved in a small storage room situated right next to the boiler room. When the system started overheating a few weeks ago, it seems to have surprisingly initiated the incubation process, leading the egg to hatch.

«This is an incredible opportunity for science» explains Sasha Schmidt, paleobiologist at the museum. «The Paraphysornis is classified as a giant flightless predatory bird of the Phorusrhacidae family originating from Brazil. It remained a mystery because all we had to study upon what were a few remains. But now we have a living species! I feel like I’m in Jurassic Park the movie! » explains the specialist, visibly enthusiast.

The specimen has already been transferred to the Munich Zoo, where it can be studied in a secure environment. A few facts have already been made public concerning the creature, including it’s size and weight, allegedly 41 centimeters tall with a weight of 11 kilograms.


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