Restored Aepyornis Egg, Very Rare
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Restored Aepyornis Egg, Very Rare

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Restored Aepyornis egg, very rare. Aepyornis are well-known as Giant Ostrich of Madagascar which have disappeared in the 17th century. Also known as elephant birds, those species are now extinct. The Aepyornis, who lived exclusively in Madagascar, counted in their rank the largest bird in the world since it measured more than three meters high and weighed nearly half a ton. Their extinction has long been thought to be due to human action, but a recent study (2000) by the Universities of Sheffield and Royal Holloway archeologists shows that we do not even know if these birds were hunted for their meat. These eggs are now classified national treasures of Madagascar. The first testimony of the existence of Aepyornis maximus was made by the first governor of Madagascar, Admiral Etienne de Flacourt. The bird was then described as "Vouroupatra" and its huge eggs remained legendary. However, it was not until January 27, 1851, that Mr. Isidore Geoffroy Saint Hilaire of the Academy of Sciences gave a scientific proof and a denomination of the animal to which one those giant eggs would be definitely attributed . This man of science publicly showed some copies. See Fuller, E., Extinct Birds, Oxford University Press, 2000. and Milne Edwards, A., Masson, G., Research on the Wild Ornithological Fauna of the Mascarene Islands and Madagascar, 1866. Dimensions: Diameter 20cm, height of 29cm.  

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Period
    17th Century
  • Dimensions
    H 11.42 in. x Dm 7.88 in.H 29 cm x Dm 20 cm
  • Diameter
    7.88 in. (20 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Marseille, FR
  • Seller Reference Number
    #39
  • Reference Number
    LU3288110127653
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