Elephant bird (†Aepyornis maximus Hilaire, ). Class: Aves. Clade: Novaeratitae. Order: †Aepyornithiformes. Family: †Aepyornithidae. Time period: They. The eggs of the Aepyornis, also known as the elephant bird, were a highly The remains of Aepyornis maximus, a species of elephant bird that. Brief summary. No one has contributed a brief summary to this page yet. Explore what EOL knows about Aepyornis maximus. Add a brief summary to this page.

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Transactions of the Zoological Society of London There was a problem with your submission. One theory states that humans hunted the elephant birds to extinction in a very short time for such a large landmass the Blitzkrieg hypothesis.

Elephant bird

Bird, class Avesany of the more than 10, living species unique in having feathers, the major characteristic…. Retrieved 21 May National Geographic Magazine There is also an intact specimen of an elephant bird’s egg contrasted with the eggs from other bird species, including a hummingbird’s on display at the Delaware Museum of Natural Historyaepyorni outside Wilmington, DelawareUS, and another in the Natural History Museum, London. Aepyornis was one of the world’s largest birds, believed to have been up to 3 metres 9.


David Attenborough in a BBC Television program transmitted in early [19] said aepyotnis “very few Aepyornis bones show signs of butchery, so likely there was a Malagasy native taboo against killing Aepyornisand that is aepuornis why Aepyornis survived so long after Man arrived there”.

They became extinctperhaps around — CE, for reasons that are unclear, although human activity is the suspected cause. Scaling of supportive tissue aepoyrnis. Systematic revision of the Phorusrhacidae Aves: The existence of possible flying palaeognaths in the Miocene such as Proapteryx further supports the view that ratites did not diversify in response to vicariance. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

On the axial skeleton of the Struthionidae. There is indeed evidence that they were preyed on and their preferred habitats destroyed.

Royal Society Open Science. More recently, it has been deduced from DNA sequence comparisons that the closest living relatives of elephant birds are New Zealand kiwi.

Giant, Intact Egg of the Extinct Elephant Bird Found in Buffalo Museum

Natural Change and Human Impact in Madagascar. A primitive chondrichthyan braincase from the early Devonian of South Ae;yornis. There were several species of this massive creature. The remains of Aepyornis are abundant.

The elephant bird: Madagascar’s extinct giant birds are considered the largest to have ever lived

The deep divergences of neornithine birds: The BBC television personality David Aepyonis owns an almost complete fossilized eggshell, which he pieced together from fragments he collected on a visit to Madagascar. Facts on File, New York, pp. The exact time period when they died out is also not certain; tales of these giant birds may have persisted for centuries in folk memory.


Brodkorb listed four species of Aepyornis as valid: In the French Academy of Sciences received three aepyorniw and some bone fragments. Retrieved 24 April InFlacourt wrote: These slices were gathered with less resolution and were reconstructed as x pixel images.

Academic Press, San Diego, California. Evidence supporting this is the finding of two fresh penguin eggs that washed ashore on Western Australia but originated in the Kerguelen Islandsand an ostrich Struthio camelus egg found floating in the Timor Sea in the early s. The birds were initially widespread, occurring from the aepyorins to the southern tip of Madagascar.

The exact period they died out in is also not certain; tales of these giant birds may have persisted for centuries in folk memory.