HOAX - 'Dinosaur Egg Hatches In Berlin Museum'
Report being distributed via social media and email claims that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg has hatched in a Berlin museum after a heating system malfunctioned.
The claims in the message are pure nonsense. Of course, no dinosaur egg has hatched, in Berlin or anywhere else. While many dinosaur eggs have been discovered and displayed in museums, the items are fossils and the chances of one actually hatching is - of course - totally impossible. The bogus story originates from the fake news website World News Daily Report. The site specializes in publishing all manner of outlandish nonsense. Nothing published on the site is true.
200 Million Years Old Dinosaur Egg Hatches in Berlin Museum
Berlin| A malfunction with the heating system of the Museum für Naturkunde (or Museum of Natural History) had some unforeseen consequences, as a Gasosaurus egg dating from the Jurassic period ended up hatching, giving birth to the first dinosaur to see the daylight in more than 100 million years.
A message currently circulating via social media posts and email makes the outlandish claim that a 200 million year old dinosaur egg housed in a Berlin museum has hatched. The message features an image supposedly depicting the dinosaur emerging from its egg. The message links back to a 'news' article hosted on the World News Daily Report website.
According to the article, the egg unexpectedly hatched after a heating system at the museum malfunctioned and inadvertently kick-started the incubation process. Supposedly, the live baby dinosaur has now been transferred to the Berlin Zoo where scientists can better study it.
But, of course, the claims in the story are utter nonsense. No dinosaur egg has hatched in any museum anywhere. Ever. The story originates from a fake news website called World News Daily Report. All of the stories published on the site are fictional and are apparently intended to be satirical or entertaining.
The site has been responsible for publishing a number of absurd stories that have subsequently gone viral via social media, causing confusion and consternation as they travel. Earlier in 2014, the site released a hoax story claiming that scientists in Iran had discovered five-meter tall human skeletons. The fake story used photoshopped images to illustrate its false claims. And, the notorious - and totally bogus - Thailand Snake girl story also came courtesy of World News Daily Report.
For the record, while many dinosaur eggs have been discovered and are likely to be housed in museums, they are, of course, fossils of the original eggs. There is simply no way that a fossil egg could ever be viable or actually contain a living dinosaur. No matter how much heat one might apply to a fossil dinosaur egg, it is never going to hatch.
The image of the hatching dinosaur featured in the hoax report has been included in several other contexts and is apparently intended as a conceptual vision of what a hatching dinosaur might look like. The image is hosted on the Flickr account of a user called Dinorider d'Andoandor, along with many other conceptual dinosaur images.
Last updated: July 30, 2015
First published: March 13, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen