Legacy of the Elephant Bird

Matt Dunham/AP Photo Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs Wednesday with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction in London. The egg, which is estimated to fetch $30,000 to $45,000 in a sale April 24, measures more than 100 times the size of the average chicken egg. The extinct Elephant Bird was native to Madagascar and was among the heaviest known birds.

Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs Wednesday with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction in London.

The egg, which is estimated to fetch $30,000 to $45,000 in a sale April 24, measures more than 100 times the size of the average chicken egg.

The extinct Elephant Bird was native to Madagascar and was among the heaviest known birds.

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