A report making the rounds this week claims that a 200-million year old dinosaur egg hatched in a Berlin Museum. Is this real or fake?
Let’s first take a look at what is being circulated. In an article published by World News Daily Report, we read:
A malfunction with the heating system of the Museum für Naturkunde (or Museum of Natural History) had some unforeseen consequences, as a Gasosaurus egg dating from the Jurassic period ended up hatching, giving birth to the first dinosaur to see the daylight in more than 100 million years.
The egg which was believed to be petrified was preserved in a small storage room situated right next to the boiler room. When the system started overheating a few weeks ago, it seems to have surprisingly initiated the incubation process, leading the egg to hatch.
World News Daily Report
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No respected news sources have reported such an event.
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The image included with the story appears to have been taken from this Flickr account, which has many other photos of museum displays of dinosaurs along with screen shots of dinosaur animations. That image was posted back in 2006.
A 200-million year old dinosaur egg did not hatch in a Berlin museum. The story