- Dinosaur Egg Detectives Cracking
- Part 8 - Who is "Baby Louie"?
From the very beginning, the experts agreed that "Baby
Louie" was some type of theropod, commonly referred to as
a "meat eating" dinosaur. They determined this from
the structure of the eggshell and "Baby Louie's" hollow
bones, but it wasn't clear what kind of theropod. It is not always
obvious which species of dinosaur laid a particular egg, even
when bones are found. This is partially because the skeleton
of an embryo is small and fragile. In addition, the skeleton
is initially made of cartilage that does not preserve well before
calcification occurs. Also, the skeleton of an embryo is immature
and may not show the characteristics used to identify the adult
animal of the same species. Embryos are also very susceptible
to destruction by bacteria, insects and other predators.
Initially, some thought that "Baby Louie" was the
Chinese cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex known as Tarbosaurus bataar.
Later, as more bones were revealed, some thought that "Baby
Louie" was an obscure dinosaur called a therizinosaur (THAIR-ih-ZINE-oh-sawr).
In 1995, Canadian artist, Brian Cooley created the first "life-like"
model of "Baby Louie". The therizinosaur embryo he
created was featured on the cover of National Geographic Magazine.
Magovern named "Baby Louie" after Louie Psihoyos, who
photographed it, as well as many other dinosaur eggs owned by
the Magovern's, for National Geographic's story, "The Great
Dinosaur Egg Hunt" that was published in the May 1996 issue
of the magazine.
- Dinosaur embryo "life-like"
therizinosaur model of "Baby Louie" by Brian Cooley.
- Photograph by Louie Psihoyos,
- author of Hunting Dinosaurs
- Click image to see photographer Louie
Psihoyos at work behind the camera. Photo of Louie Psihoyos at
work courtesy of
- StoneCompany.com, Inc.
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