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Elephant bird egg

Elephant bird egg

E445/0177

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SINCLAIR STAMMERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SINCLAIR STAMMERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Elephant bird egg. The elephant bird (Aepyornis maximus) is the largest bird to have inhabited the Earth. It was a ratite related to the the ostrich and the kiwi. The elephant bird was a native of Madagascar and is believed to have become extinct following the colonisation of the island by human beings. The egg is the largest known specimen to exist and possesses a larger volume than the eggs of most non-avian dinosaurs.

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