Two layers of eggs were originally preserved below the body of the presumed mother. A total of seven distinct eggs were identified in the lower layer where beetle damage was minor, although no embryos or complete eggs were unearthed.
The researchers recovered large fragments of eggs under the skull, left side of the neck, left humerus, left femur, and both feet.
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Long erroneously referred to as egg thieves, oviraptors are now studied for their sophisticated social structure and behavior.
"We know that females couldn't lay more than two eggs at a time. Such large nests, like the one we found, can be explained only as the result of collective layings," Federico Fanti, the paleontologist from the Capellini museum of the Bologna University who found the fossils, told Discovery News.