I'm searching for a novel, or maybe it was a short story. I read it before the year 2000. It was in Russian, but I suppose it was translated from English. Can't recall any of the names though.

The plot, in parts I can recall, was:

  • people find either a dinosaur egg, or baby dinosaur, or a similar large reptile-like;

  • these dinosaurs or whatever walk around Earth feeding off radiation. They actually eat radioactive stuff and leave no radiation behind; I recall at one point one of the human characters says something along the lines of "looks like we have our nuclear waste problem solved";

  • people try to kill these dinosaurs but fail; and at one point there is a plan to drop a nuke on them. And at this point I had to stop reading and leave.

  • If the dinosaurs were singular rather than plural, I'd wonder if this wasn't some sort of Godzilla novelization. And, I wouldn't be overly concerned with a plot to take me out that involved sending me a lot of pizzas - trying to nuke something that eats radiation sounds like an obviously bad plan.
    – RDFozz
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 20:36
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    Nope, I recall at least two of these Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 0:05
  • They had wings to use as solar panels and the nuke scene was in the end of the book. Now need to find the book ) Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 17:42

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Kali Yuga (russian "Калиюга", also "Милосердие динозавра") by Vasily Golovachev

...The paleontologist, ... followed him, but halfway to the ascent from the pit he returned and once again looked inside the monstrous egg - now it was quite obvious that it was an egg with a living embryo...

..."They must be left alive at least so that they cleanse the Earth of radiation."...

...Restell received official permission from the president to use the atomic bomb to destroy the monsters...

Full text (russian)

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