Pearl, the egg thief lizard
A North American Oviraptorosaur, the second substantial specimen of its kind, was discovered by Burpee Museum of Natural History paleontology crews on BLM-administered lands near Ekalaka, Montana last July. The Oviraptor bones came under excavation by Joshua Mathews in Carter County, Montana. Mathews is the Chief Fossil Preparator of the Augustana College Geology Department located in Rock Island, Illinois.
Paleontology crews were working an exposed section of the Hell Creek Formation near Ekalaka when they found claw and toe bones weathering out of a hillside belonging to this species. The dinosaur is the second substantial specimen of its kind to be found in North America.
Oviraptor fossils have been found with impressions of well-developed feathers, as well as sitting on egg-filled nests similar to the artist’s conception. Oviraptors come in a variety of sizes and features; the overwhelming majority of specimens have been found in Asia. North American discoveries are rare.
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