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American Scientist

Bringing Up Dino

An adult theropod dinosaur in the genus Deinonychus sits with its recently hatched baby. In recent years, paleontologists have learned that this dinosaur laid blue-green eggs and likely incubated them in partially exposed nests, much as many modern birds do. New fossils and innovations in research have begun to answer questions about dinosaur reproduction that were once thought to be unattainable, such as nesting strategy, egg color, egg incubation time, parental care, or eggshell texture. In “A New Picture of Dinosaur Nesting Ecology” (Perspective, pages 18–23), paleontologist Daniel T. Ksepka offers an overview of these sweeping advances in his field, showcasing the spectrum of reproductive traits among the dinosaurs, often with surprising mixes of reptilian and avian traits. (Cover illustration by Sean Murtha.)

January–February 2023

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