More than 65 million years ago, oceans covered much of south Alabama, creating rich fossil beds of marine organisms. As land creatures, dinosaur fossils had never been found in marine sediment until a group of teenagers discovered the egg while walking near a stream in Dallas County. Unsure of what they had found, the egg was sent to Auburn University.
The Auburn University Museum of Natural History is home to the only dinosaur egg ever found east of the Mississippi River. The egg, a duck-billed dinosaur, is currently housed in a Styrofoam box marked “dino egg.”
This extraordinary piece of biological, ecological and historical importance is in need of a proper display, complete with a glass enclosure, pedestal and security. The display will also be equipped with video showing CT scans and 3D images of the egg, information about Alabama dinosaurs, and the ability to virtually dissect and place together the egg.
With your help, this one-of-a-kind dinosaur egg will be the museum’s landmark collection, and will preserve a rich piece of Alabama’s history.
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The late Triassic period brought the evolution of dinosaurs and the first mammals.