Have you ever heard of the Elephant Bird? They were massive, flightless birds believed to have been more than 10 feet tall and weighed 800 to 1100 lbs! Which, like, woah. These birds were once a common sight on the island of Madagascar but went extinct in the 17th century. Lucky for us, the Buffalo Museum of Science uncovered a massive 12-inch- long, 3 lb 5 ounce egg “hidden” in its collection.
The egg, measuring 12 inches long and 28 inches in circumference, and weighing 3 pounds 5 ounces, was mislabeled as a model due to the rarity of this type of egg. As a part of the Buffalo Museum of Science’s commitment to investing in and supporting its collection, the egg was rediscovered as the oological collection was being inventoried and cataloged to current museum standards. Further investigation into the archival record revealed the egg was purchased from Edward Gerrard
and Sons; Sons of London in 1939. Cast eggs are commonplace in museum collections, so, wanting to authenticate their rediscovery, Museum staff turned to the experts at the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. Conservators radiographed the egg and confirmed it was, in fact, real.
Now on display!