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How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks it knows why.
An international team of scientists believes it has solved the mystery of how eggs got their shapes. Source: Frans Lanting

One of nature's most efficient life-support systems is the egg. Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago as vertebrate animals adapted to living on land. And since then, they've taken on numerous shapes, especially among birds.

Biologists have long wondered why there are so many shapes

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