It wasn’t part of an Easter egg hunt, but students at Cape Fear Community College recently “discovered” an eggÂ during a geology class. The eggÂ didn’t come from the Easter Bunny or even a chicken – it came from a dinosaur.
As part of a forensics geologyÂ project atÂ CFCC, students bring in unusual rocks or artifacts and work to identify them with the help ofÂ instructor Phil Garwood – known as “Dr. Rocks” at CFCC.
LastÂ week, a student brought an unusual-looking rock to class that belonged to his next-door neighbor. It was fairly smooth and round – about the size of a grapefruit with a series ofÂ well-definedÂ cracks along the outside.
After closer examination, Garwood and the students determined that the rock was actually a fossilizedÂ hadrosaur egg, estimated to be between 60-80 million years old.
Surprises like these don’t come often, but Garwood says thatÂ discoveries like thisÂ really help to inspire students to use their critical thinking skills.
“It’s amazing to seeÂ what students have brought in,” Garwood said.
Over the years, the students have brought inÂ thousands of fossils, Native American artifacts and pieces of petrified wood, some of whichÂ remain on display at the college.