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Egg from extinct bird sells for $101,813

Posted on Thursday, 25 April, 2013 | Comment icon 15 comments

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The partly fossilized elephant bird egg was snapped up at a London auction for double its estimate.

The elephant bird was a native of Madagascar until it went extinct at some point during the 17th or 18th century. The birds were large like an ostrich and stood up to 3m tall. Their massive eggs had a circumference of more than 1m and had a volume 160 times larger than that of a chicken's egg. Christie's auction house reported that the winning bidder paid over $100,000 for the egg after a ten-minute period of competitive bidding.

It isn't clear exactly what caused the elephant birds to go extinct however it is frequently assumed that it was down to human hunting activities. The remains of eggshells found within the remains of campfires suggest that the eggs may have been a valuable source of food that could sustain entire families.

"A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction."

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Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 25 April, 2013, 19:05
Good job it was not bought by the woman on the other thread who eats everything while alsleep! But personally I think these sort of things should be for public display. Does not give the name of the buyer, but it would be interesting to know who the seller was, hope it was not a museum!
Comment icon #7 Posted by calaf on 26 April, 2013, 0:33
I have got to agree a waste of money but that is only relevant to how much money you have. $100,000 is nothing to some people while others barely survive on $2 a day which is what I pay for six eggs. But my eggs are edible, not unique and don't hold their value quite so well. I was just relieved the first comment wasn't eggcellent! Totally uncalled for If someone says, "The yolk's on you." I'm leaving!
Comment icon #8 Posted by dummy2b on 26 April, 2013, 1:13
Where did all of these gaint birds go? Big Foot ate them feathers and all.
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker on 26 April, 2013, 3:03
In the words of Indiana Jones, "It belongs in a museum!" The amount spent does seem excessive.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Junior Chubb on 26 April, 2013, 10:21
Totally uncalled for If someone says, "The yolk's on you." I'm leaving! Cracking effort
Comment icon #11 Posted by ChewiesArmy on 26 April, 2013, 22:34
Partially fossilized? Any chance for DNA?
Comment icon #12 Posted by s33ker on 26 April, 2013, 23:40
I want that for my collection. Fossils are my weakness and I could never see how anyone could think $100, 000 plus is excessive for Horton's egg. I'd put it on display and charge $5 a view. It's amazingly perfect and so very rare , who wouldn't pay $5 to see that.
Comment icon #13 Posted by KmKizmet on 27 April, 2013, 5:15
People should seriously think before they buy. That could be donated to a fossil museum Then a lot of people would be able to see and look at it
Comment icon #14 Posted by Nathan DiYorio on 28 April, 2013, 9:30
Partially fossilized? Any chance for DNA? My thoughts exactly. I wonder if they would be closely enough related to ostriches that cloning would not be entirely out of the question. They've only been extinct for a couple of centuries, after all, and that's nothing in the eyes of genetic history or history itself for that matter.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mistydawn on 3 May, 2013, 17:44
Wonder who bought it...wonder what they plan to do with it...

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