|This dinosaur egg, containing a well-preserved|
embryo, has gone on display in a Russian museum
A dinosaur egg containing a well-preserved embryo has gone on display in a Russian museum.
Scientists think it probably belonged to an Ornithopod dinosaur that lived in what is now Mongolia 100million years ago.
The egg is on display at the Buryatia Natural Science Museum in Ulan-UIde, some 5,000kilometres east of Moscow.
'It is in relatively good condition and it may very well be the embryo, which are clearly distinct from the rest by their colour and shape,' said the Ministry of Culture of Buryatia in a statement.
The back story of how the egg ended up in the museum is bizarre, to say the least.
Russian customs officials on the country's south-eastern border with Mongolia claim to have seized the relic off a Polish man in 2009.
Apparently, the unnamed man was driving the egg and mammoth tusks from Mongolia to Poland when he was intercepted.
|Russian customs officials on the country's south-eastern border with Mongolia claim to have seized the relic off a Polish man in 2009|
News reports at the time said: 'The Polish citizen explained that an acquaintance, also from Poland, had given him some boxes of personal belongings to take with him.
'He is not thought to have known what the boxes contained.'
The dinosaur who laid the egg is thought to have lived in what is now Mongolia, an area where paleontologists have found fossilised skeletons at numerous sites, often next to eggs.