Emperor penguin eggs, 1910s

Emperor penguin eggs, 1910s

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Emperor penguin eggs. Ruler with three eggs from emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) collected during the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, the shore party of 34 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. These eggs were collected by Edward Wilson, Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Henry Bowers in a winter journey to Cape Crozier in 1911. Scott, Wilson, Bowers and two others died in 1912 returning from their journey to the South Pole. The eggs are now part of the collections of the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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