Cash plea for dinosaur eggs

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The Independent Online
AN APPEAL to raise pounds 20,000 to buy a nest of dinosaur's eggs - some of them possibly unhatched - was today being launched by a leading museum.

But museum staff have no intention of following the lead of the Hollywood film Jurassic Park by attempting to clone the eggs. The eggs, laid about 120 million years ago by a plant-eating sauropod dinosaur, more than 70ft long when grown, will instead go on display, sparing Glasgow the prospect of mayhem on Sauchiehall Street.

The appeal was launched by the city's Hunterian Museum, which at present has the eggs on loan from a Leicester rock collector, Terry Manning.

The museum has until September to raise the cash to buy the eggs, which are set in a solid block of red sandstone and were discovered in China.