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Friday, April 22, 2005; Page C12

Soccer Player, 7, Dies; Second Bus Crash Victim

• At 7 years old, Harrison Orosco already was a promising soccer player. The Arlington second-grader played on a Bolivian team that recently won a tournament.

Yesterday, Harrison's family was remembering this and other details of his too-short life. He died Wednesday night, never having regained consciousness after a school bus accident Monday morning that also killed a schoolmate, Lilibeth Gomez. Fifteen other people, including Harrison's stepsister, were hurt in the accident.

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"He was a very smart kid. He really enjoyed the sciences," said Harrison's cousin, Maria Garcia.

Carmen Calvimontes, a family friend, said Harrison was a friend to everyone: "He played with all kids."

Two Eggs, Over Easy

• The discovery of two big eggs inside a female dinosaur in China is shedding light on how dinosaurs reproduced. The eggs, which look like pineapple-sized potatoes, also bolster the belief that modern birds are related to dinosaurs.

The 2002 discovery, reported recently in the journal Science, shows that dinosaurs produced eggs in ways similar to those of early reptiles and modern birds. Like primitive crocodiles, this female oviraptor had two egg-makers, called ovaries. She would keep making eggs, two at a time, until her nest was full. Birds do much the same thing, with one working ovary. Crocodiles, though, may lay more than 100 eggs at a time.

Oviraptorosaurians, beaked creatures up to 13 feet long, belonged to a group called theropods, which many scientists think were the ancestors of modern birds.

The eggs in China were found inside the fossilized body cavity of their mother. The shell pieces are blue and brown, but we don't know if that was their original color. After all, the eggs are at least 65 million years old.


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