8.) The largest terrestrial egg belongs to the Elephant Bird.
The Elephant Bird (also called Aepyornis) may have been driven to extinction by humans centuries ago. They lived on Madagascar, off the coast of Africa and were related to Ostriches. It would take 160 chicken eggs to have the same volume. Omelet anyone? Complete eggs are extremely rare.
Aepyornis maximus - Elephant Bird Egg
This one was reassembled like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle.
Photograph from Dr. Jack Hankla’s “More than Dinosaurs” exhibit
at the Falls of the Ohio State Park Interpretive Center in 2004.
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Created January 25, 2011