Big bucks for 'biggest egg ever laid'

Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction house's premises in London, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  The egg, which is estimated to fetch 20,000 to 30,000 pounds ($30,210 to $45,315 and 23,645 to 35,467 euro) in the forthcoming Travel, Science and Natural History sale on April 24, measures over 100 times the average size of a chicken egg, and stands at 21cm in diameter and 30cm in height.  The extinct Elephant Bird species was native to Madagascar and among the heaviest known birds.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird has sold for over $100K. The sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg measures over 100 times the average size of a chicken egg, and stands at 21cm in diameter and 30cm in height. The extinct Elephant Bird species was native to Madagascar and among the heaviest known birds. James Hyslop, scientific specialist at Christie's said, "the egg is the largest egg ever laid by any animal, they are bigger than dinosaur eggs."

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