The Case of the Dinosaur Egg Thief

  • Published: 17 October 2019
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    Paleontologists found a small theropod dinosaur skull right on top of a nest of eggs that were believed to belong to a plant-eating dinosaur. Instead of being the nest robbers that they were originally thought to be, raptors like this one would reveal themselves to actually be caring parents.

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Comments • 910

  • Lumberjack king the great

    Dino dad Is best dad jk but best dad award 1000. Late more than that

    • Lumberjack king the great

      We still eat Dino eggs aka chicken eggs who's the real egg thief

      • Lumberjack king the great

        Poor Dino dad

        • gal Val
          gal Val  2 days back

          Yeah, the only egg-thief that lasted are us Xd and poor chickens 🐓

          • Sunaki1000
            Sunaki1000  2 days back

            It was probably both...

            • Stew-A-Rew
              Stew-A-Rew  2 days back

              Now I understand why it's called *ovir* raptor

              • npc545232
                npc545232  3 days back

                Egg protector. But changing the name would mean you would have to change the name dinosaur aswell. Keep them as they are the naming of these creatures is history no need to change history.

                • hell is lit af
                  hell is lit af  3 days back

                  "should u let ur meat rest?"
                  I ask myself the same question everyday...

                  • DoctorLo MTB
                    DoctorLo MTB  5 days back


                    • matthew1995king
                      matthew1995king  5 days back

                      Ova Pater instead of Ova Raptor. (Pater is latin for Father. So if the father took care of the eggs this name would make more sense as egg father, rather than egg thief.)

                      • Nikolas Garland
                        Nikolas Garland  6 days back

                        I looked this up and i think it should be "Patrissaurus".

                        • Kenneth Willoughby
                          Kenneth Willoughby  7 days back

                          We should change its name to paterasaurus (which means “father lizard”

                          • Todd Mccain
                            Todd Mccain  1 weeks back


                            • Jonah S
                              Jonah S  1 weeks back

                              cant they just rename it

                              • Charlotte Johns
                                Charlotte Johns  1 weeks back

                                Hahaha at the moment he laughs at Big Momma. But also, this means that the entire song in that one Land Before Time videos when the egg thieves sing about thieving eggs is a LIE

                                • Yen the smiling dinosaur

                                  A bird lizard from millions of years ago is a better father than my dad (;へ:)

                                  • Roooner
                                    Roooner  1 weeks back


                                    • Max McLaughlin
                                      Max McLaughlin  1 weeks back

                                      I was thinking something along the line of Ovicustos (egg guardian) or Patersauri (Dino-Dad)

                                      • Jeremy Wiles
                                        Jeremy Wiles  1 weeks back

                                        I’d rename Oviraptor “egg thief” to Ovinutrix “egg nurse” after the Dinotopia book’s take on it.

                                        • Fishice Fishnice
                                          Fishice Fishnice  1 weeks back

                                          Dino-mite Dadda-saur

                                          • Sebastian Alan Clifford Thompson

                                            B I R D U P

                                            • chris stewart
                                              chris stewart  2 weeks back

                                              How about 'padresaur'?

                                              • Robin Chesterfield
                                                Robin Chesterfield  2 weeks back

                                                You know what would've been really adorable? If this episode had come out on Fathers' Day. :D

                                                • Sacrificial Lamb
                                                  Sacrificial Lamb  2 weeks back

                                                  The paleontologist looks more like a mafia man

                                                  • Mr. E
                                                    Mr. E  2 weeks back

                                                    Pater dinosaurum is Latin for dinosaur dad

                                                    • A Random Bird
                                                      A Random Bird  2 weeks back

                                                      Dads for the win wowowoooowoo

                                                      • Kairikey
                                                        Kairikey  2 weeks back

                                                        Daddysaur lol

                                                        • Anna Fischer
                                                          Anna Fischer  2 weeks back


                                                          • Bella Hawthorn
                                                            Bella Hawthorn  2 weeks back

                                                            Eons got me crying over good dinosaur parents

                                                            • Nicholas Lienandjaja
                                                              Nicholas Lienandjaja  2 weeks back

                                                              Note: It's still possible that Oviraptor might have eaten eggs if given the chance, considering that it might have been an opportunistic, omnivorous scavenger (although eggs are NOT its primary food source). Many modern birds such as crows, ravens, and magpies will eat the eggs and babies of other birds if they want to.

                                                              • Kuma
                                                                Kuma  2 weeks back

                                                                BIRD UP

                                                                • JMDinOKC
                                                                  JMDinOKC  2 weeks back

                                                                  I want to rant a bit about something that crops up endlessly in Eons videos and most of the other paleontological videos on YouTube (and elsewhere): The characterization of ancient extinct species as "weird," "strange," "bizarre," etc. Those species were NOT any more weird, strange or bizarre than any animal species of our own time. They were simply what was alive at the time. They weren't strange or bizarre to themselves; they simply were. - And all you have to do is watch a few programs by David Attenborough or of PBS's Nature to realize that right now, in our own time, there are millions of species that qualify as "weird," "strange" and "bizarre." They're not weird, strange or bizarre to themselves; they're just unfamiliar to us sheltered city slickers. Fifty million years from now, if an intelligent species exists on Earth, they will presumably discover fossils of such "weird," "strange" and "bizarre" creatures as dogs, cats, elephants, bears, canaries, some of the 350,000 currently extant species of beetles, and Homo sapiens. - And furthermore, only in retrospect can some fossils, such as Archaeopteryx, be seen as "transitional." Archaeopteryx was perfectly adapted to its own era; if it had been intelligent, it would never have guessed that after more millions of years, its descendants would evolve into birds. What happens is that any species that adapts to fill an ecological niche, thus alters the ecosystem to which it is adapting, which increases the evolutionary pressure on the species in that ecosystem.

                                                                  • annoyed707
                                                                    annoyed707  3 weeks back

                                                                    Guilty of brooding while dino.

                                                                    • Reid Quraishi
                                                                      Reid Quraishi  3 weeks back

                                                                      Ovinutrix - Egg nurse

                                                                      • thorsday121
                                                                        thorsday121  3 weeks back

                                                                        Me, a majestic creature with glorious plumage: *dies protecting my children*

                                                                        Some ugly ape with barely any fur: Look at this thief!

                                                                        • Dave Luna
                                                                          Dave Luna  3 weeks back

                                                                          You're a great host!

                                                                          • rgndsnali
                                                                            rgndsnali  3 weeks back

                                                                            Bob; dead animal dead name

                                                                            • 49erfaithful
                                                                              49erfaithful  3 weeks back

                                                                              can u guys make a series where in each (largest chalicotheres/giant sloths ever)episode its like a mini-documentary and is a few hours long and talks about a certain period of time like the Triassic or something and all the animals that lived at that time like dinosaurs, giant reptiles and so many more and about the food chain what it was like for the plants how earth was, etc. and than u could go to another period like when the bone-crushing dogs lived or giant bears or mammoths or sabertooths or the largest gorillas/apes ever or largest chalicotheres/giant sloths ever or Titanoboa or the giant turtle or whatever and than do an episode there cuz that would be awesome and then u could do one on an extinction event and it all these episodes would be like hours long hopefully lol or do one of these on a single animal/species like a titanoboa or desmostylia but this one could only be 45 mins long or something, also u should make a super in depth video about quetzalcoatlus cuz that would be awesome

                                                                              • Nemo Refert
                                                                                Nemo Refert  3 weeks back

                                                                                So, Patrissaurus?

                                                                                • Sun Hat
                                                                                  Sun Hat  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Why are so many PBS channels promoting that "Serving up Science" channel, BEFORE it puts out new content?

                                                                                  It has 2 videos, both over a year old. That sure looks like an abandoned project to me.

                                                                                  • Maddox Siuda
                                                                                    Maddox Siuda  3 weeks back

                                                                                    We still don't know if they ate eggs or not tho

                                                                                    • Lee Baumann
                                                                                      Lee Baumann  3 weeks back


                                                                                      • hoylemd
                                                                                        hoylemd  3 weeks back


                                                                                        Father lizard?

                                                                                        • Emily G
                                                                                          Emily G  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I'd rename it Spicy French Toast Face. Completely remove it from its false past of egg stealing, while also inspiring people to learn why it would have such a wacky name. I chose the name because it's colors were probably spicy and vibrant, while still being classy. French Toast Face because of that horn looking thing being somewhat flat like French toast.

                                                                                          • Tyler Burge
                                                                                            Tyler Burge  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Captain Obvious: Some dinosaurs did steal and eat eggs

                                                                                            • Ethan Campbell
                                                                                              Ethan Campbell  3 weeks back


                                                                                              • Charles Idoux & Lucien Chanel

                                                                                                Stop eating burgers, damn!

                                                                                                • nyood mono
                                                                                                  nyood mono  3 weeks back


                                                                                                  Please do more about ice ages with Co2 levels of 10% :-)