Sub-Fossilized Egg of Extinct Elephant Bird Up for Auction
A sub-fossilized egg of an extinct elephant bid has been put up for auction today. It is 30cm in length and 21cm in diameter, which is roughly 100 times larger than an average egg of a chicken.
Even larger than egg laid by the dinosaurs, the egg of the giant bird is being given out on an auction at Christie's auction house in London. The Elephant Bird was native of Madagascar and disappeared from Earth between 13th and 17th centuries.
About the egg, James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's said that it is very hard to find such an egg and when you find one in perfect condition it is a real surprise. It is expected that the egg will be sold out for estimated Â£30,000.
It will be featuring in Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" in April and will be one of the other unusual items on exhibition like a fragment from a dodo's femur bone. The egg was laid by the giant bird in Madagascar and was discovered by the researchers in the late 19th or early 20th century.
The auction house said that fragments of similar eggs can be found in the Southern part of the island but a completely perfect egg is very rare.