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Elephant bird eggs, biggest eggs ever laid

Three exceptional, intact examples of the largest eggs ever laid, bigger even than those of the dinosaurs.

Elephant bird (Aepyornis maximus) eggs from Madagascar, dating to the 17th Century or

earlier.

Magnificent, voluminous, hollow eggs, creamy white in color, with stippled shells and

beautifully preserved surfaces.

The elephant bird was an enormous creature, weighing an estimated 1100lbs and growing to

a height of 10 or 11 feet. The birds became extinct at some point between the 14th and 17th

centuries and today, intact examples of the eggs are very rare indeed, with less than 40

known to exist in public institutions.



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