lay pointy, spin in , rolling off

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Dr.History

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Turkish
What does "lay pointy, spin in , rolling off" mean? Thanks in advance.

Finally, the researchers looked into why egg shapes might be so spectacularly diverse. One popular hypothesis centered on nest location: Cliff-nesting birds, it was thought, lay pointy eggs so that if the eggs are bumped, they spin in a circle rather than rolling off the cliff. Another suggested that birds lay eggs in shapes that pack together best in different-size clutches.
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Please tell us where you found these sentences, Dr. History.

    Also, it's not "lay pointy," "spin in" and "rolling off;" it's "lay / pointy eggs," "spin / in a circle" and "rolling / off the cliff."
     

    Dr.History

    Member
    Turkish
    Please tell us where you found these sentences, Dr. History.

    Also, it's not "spin in" and "roll off," it's "spin in a circle" and "roll off the clif."
    These sentences from Why Do Bird Eggs Have Different Shapes? Look to the Wings

    Finally, the researchers looked into why egg shapes might be so spectacularly diverse. One popular hypothesis centered on nest location: Cliff-nesting birds, it was thought, lay pointy eggs so that if the eggs are bumped, they spin in a circle rather than rolling off the cliff. Another suggested that birds lay eggs in shapes that pack together best in different-size clutches.

    But when the authors related egg shape to these and other variables, they were surprised to find that none of them fit on a global scale (though they may still play important roles on smaller scales). <-----Excess quote removed by moderator (Florentia52)----->
     

    kentix

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    English - U.S.
    -- Cliff-nesting birds, it was thought, lay pointy eggs so that if the eggs are bumped, they spin in a circle rather than rolling off the cliff.

    Per Florentia above. Does that make the sentence more understandable?
     
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