Dinosaur Eggs

University of Bristol

Types of dinosaur nests

The organised arrangement of eggs in dinosaur nests shows that they had complex social behaviour. To arrange eggs into specific patterns requires a great deal of precision and care by the parent. Two main egg-laying strategies are recognised: clutches and linear patterns. These are further divided by nest shape and the distribution of the eggs.

The main nest types are:

Nesting is the basis of much social behaviour, as seen in this example of two gannets courting.

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