Friday, March 29, 2013

Dodo Bone, Huge Elephant-Bird Egg Up for Auction


Traces of two awkward birds that have become emblems of extinction are headed for the auction block next month.

The auction house Christie's announced this week that it's selling a femur bone fragment of a dodo bird and a massive sub-fossilized elephant bird egg that's 100 times the size of a chicken egg.

Elephant birds were flightless creatures that stood 10 feet (3 meters) tall and lived on the island of Madagascar until they were driven to extinction by the 18th century, possibly due to factors like disease introduced by settlers or humans' unsustainable appetite for their eggs.

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