LONDON (NBC/RTV) - A giant egg from an extinct bird goes up for sale in London next month.
Eggs from elephant birds are larger than dinosaur eggs. This one was found in Madagascar before the giant elephant bird became extinct.
The egg is 12 inches by 8 inches and completely fossilized. Archeologists discovered it in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
Christie's believes it will sell for more than $45,000.
"It's the perfect timing: Easter. It's the largest Easter egg," said James Hyslop, with Christie's. "In fact, the egg is the largest egg ever laid by any animal. They are bigger than dinosaur eggs. It was laid by a giant bird that lived on Madagascar. It went extinct somewhere around the 13th- to 17th century. The scientific name for it is the Aepyornis Maximus, but people commonly refer to it as the elephant bird."
The egg is 120 times larger than a chicken egg.
The elephant bird is believed to have been the largest bird to have ever lived. It looked like a heavily-built ostrich and was 11 feet tall.