Not all eggs are egg-shaped
July 23, 2017 3:24 PM   Subscribe

"Cracking the Mystery of Egg Shapes" Short graphic-rich description of a study of egg shape, with a software model in which the egg definitely came before the chicken.
posted by Quietgal (8 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Gorgeous and informative!

Related: the egg of Columbus.
posted by languagehat at 5:36 PM on July 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

Good post. Thank you.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:53 PM on July 23, 2017

Okay, unnecesary bipartisan time-
I'd rather have an unusually pointy egg (murre) as opposed to an egg with no point at all (perfectly round ones, or perfectly oblong ones).

Perfectly oblong ones are, by far, the most unsettling. (Maleo eggs).
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:59 PM on July 23, 2017

Eggs are beautiful and amazing structures. This was super interesting, thanks!
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:57 PM on July 23, 2017

Though I love the visuals in this article, I can also enthusiastically recommend Science Magazine's podcast, which Sarah Crespi hosts! A great combination of "studies explained in a minute" and "authors interviewed for ten minutes."
posted by little onion at 8:23 PM on July 23, 2017

At least on mobile, the visuals were really clear and nicely done. Neat fpp.
posted by Dip Flash at 8:26 PM on July 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

Yeah this is great. Apropos of nothing (OK, it is almost lunch time), I wonder if all bird eggs are edible. I personally have only had chicken and quail myself.
posted by Literaryhero at 10:02 PM on July 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

Another vote for cool post!

I personally have only had chicken and quail myself.

I bought a duck egg at the farmers market a while back. I love eggs, and it basically tasted like an egg, but it felt weird eating it.
posted by Room 641-A at 8:01 AM on July 24, 2017 [1 favorite]

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