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article imageRare old elephant bird egg could fetch $45K on auction

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 28, 2013 in Science
London - An egg, belonging to an extinct elephant bird is going up for auction in London. The rare egg is anticipated to fetch up to $45,000 when it goes on sale.
A rare Madagascan fossilized elephant bird egg is going up for auction at Christie's in London in April. Referred to as the world's largest egg, experts say the price could go up to approximately $45,000 (30,000 pounds). According to ABC.Net, the egg is one foot long (30 centimeters), and nearly nine inches (21 centimeters) in diameter and over 100 times larger than a chicken egg.
Described as being larger than dinosaur eggs, the egg is believed to have been found by archaeologists in the late 1800s or early 1900s, reported BBC News.
"It was laid by a giant elephant bird that lived on Madagascar and went extinct somewhere around the 13th to 17th centuries. The scientific name for it is the Aepyornis Maximus, but people commonly refer to it as the elephant bird," said James Hyslop from Christies auction house. "It's very rare to find one that's complete. To see one in such perfect condition is a real treat."
Huffington Post reported these now extinct large birds went extinct several hundred years ago and resembled ostriches.
The scientific name for the bird is Aepyornis Maximus; it stood at approximately 11 feet tall.
Fragments of elephant bird eggs are selling on eBay for $50-$200+.
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