It's a foot long, nearly nine inches in diameter, and would once have made a really, really, big omelet.
It’s a foot long, nearly nine inches in diameter, and would once have made a really, really, big omelet.
A London auction house is hoping buyers will be scrambling to take a crack at this natural wonder, a massive fossilized egg laid long ago on the island of Madagascar by a now-extinct elephant bird.
Christie’s said Wednesday that the oversized ovum – laid sometime before elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago – is expected to sell for up to 30,000 pounds (roughly $45,000).
Flightless, fruit-gobbling elephant birds resembled giant ostriches and could grow to be 11 feet high (3.4 meters). Christie’s says their eggs are 100 times the size of an average chicken’s.
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The egg is being sold during a travel and science sale on April 24.