Dinosaur Egg Now on Display in Ruth Patrick

May 03, 2017

We are delighted that USC Aiken is home to an oviraptor egg!  You may come view this authentic dinosaur egg on the first floor of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center (RPSEC), near the DuPont Planetarium.

You can find some more information about the egg on USC Aiken’s Facebook page:


A generous donor gave the University of South Carolina Aiken this unique gift that will bring "dinosaurs to life" for visitors to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.

Dr. Carol Jantzen, who established the Fredericks Mineral Gallery at RPSEC three years ago, gave the university the oviraptor egg earlier this year.

Authenticated by the paleontologist at the Hicksville Gregory Museum in New York, the egg is 7 1/8 inches long and 3 3/8 inches wide.  The shell is 1-2 mm thick.  Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the egg in Mongolia in 1924.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.