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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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