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  Digimorph - Aepyornis maximus (Elephant bird)
Aepyornis is an extinct member of the Ratitae, a clade of flightless birds that includes the extant ostrich, emu, cassowary, kiwi, and rhea; as well as the extinct moas of New Zealand.
The adult skeleton of Aepyornis is well described (Monnier, 1913; Wiman, 1935; Andrews,1894; 1896; Lowe, 1930) and represents that of a very stout, robust bird, much more robust than that of the ostrich or even the moas.
The Aepyornis egg was scanned by Richard Ketcham on 04 October 1999 along its long axis for a total of 362 slices, each slice 0.25 mm thick, with an interslice spacing of 0.22 mm (for a slice overlap of 0.03 mm).
digimorph.org /specimens/Aepyornis_maximus   (996 words)

  
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The Aepyornis Maximus, or Elephant Bird, is an extinct ostrich-like bird that stood over 10 feet tall.
Aepyornis' extinction was probably accelerated because of its vulnerability due to its height, weight (1,000 pounds), and the embryonic wings preventing normal flight.
It was not until 1850 that an intact Aepyornis egg was discovered and taken to France.
www.elephantbirdegg.com   (319 words)

  
 Elephant bird - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aepyornis was the world's largest bird, believed to have been over three metres (10 feet) tall and weighing more than half a tonne (500 kilograms, or 1,100 pounds), until being dethroned by Phorusrhacidae in October 2006.
Aepyornis was a ratite, related to the ostrich; it could not fly, and its breast bone had no keel.
The National Geographic Society in Washington holds a specimen of an Aepyornis egg which was discovered by Luis Marden in 1967.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Aepyornis   (428 words)

  
 An Estimated Weight of the Largest Known Bird
For Aepyornis measurements of a series supplied by Lambrecht (1933) were combined with those of one specimen in the American Museum.
Measurements of Aepyornis are from Monnier (1913), of Mullerornis from Lamberton (1934), and of Dinornis from Oliver (1930) and Owen (187.9).
In Aepyornis and Mullerornis this measurement was timated from photographs of articulated skeletons published by Monnier (1913) and Lamberton (1934), respectively, by taking a ratio between body length and a known measurement such as the tibiotarsus.
elibrary.unm.edu /sora/Condor/files/issues/v049n04/p0159-p0164.html   (4298 words)

  
 Britannica India: Did you Know?
The fossilized remains of Aepyornis eggs are relatively common, both fragmented and intact.
Though Aepyornis occurred relatively late in the geologic record, it was a primitive member of the ratites, an evolutionary lineage that includes the ostrich, rhea, and emu.
Aepyornis may have given rise to the Arabic legend of the roc, a gigantic bird.
www.britannicaindia.com /duk_det_inside.asp?art_id=193   (458 words)

  
 Aepyornis more information
Commonly known as the Elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus is an extinct flightless bird whose close relatives include ostriches, emus, cassowaries, kiwis, rheas, and moas.
Aepyornis remains are found in the Pleistocene to recent deposits in Madagascar.
It is believed that their extinction was most likely caused by the invasion of humans onto Madagascar, maybe as late as 2,000 years ago, as there are few natural predators except for crocodiles and eagles.
www.nhm.ac.uk /nature-online/online-ex/art-themes/drawingconclusions/more/aepyornis_more_info.htm   (508 words)

  
 Vorompatra Central: Lore
Although Aepyornis maximus is the largest and best known of the Madagascan elephantbirds, there were, in fact, several species; these survived until fairly recently and seem to have been distributed quite widely over the island in much the same way as moas were once spread across New Zealand.
Whether de Flacourt actually saw the Aepyornis or whether he relied solely on the testimony of others is not clear.
It seems probable that it still lived at the time of de Flacourt but the last of the elephantbirds is likely to have expired well before the beginning of the nineteenth century and the awakening of interest in the amazing fauna of Madagascar.
www.geocities.com /vorompatra/loreEBX.html   (965 words)

  
 Vorompatra Central
The largest bird known to science, the Vorompatra (Aepyornis maximus) roamed the woodlands, marshes, and sand dunes of Madagascar until its relatively recent extinction.
The bird laid the largest eggs known to have ever existed; these eggs may have inspired tales of the mythical elephant-lifting bird, the Roc (or Rukh) of the Arabian Nights.
The scientific name is Aepyornis maximus (ee-pee-OR-nis MAX-ih-muss: Græco-Latin for "largest tall bird").
www.geocities.com /vorompatra/index.html   (425 words)

  
 Rukh   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Aepyornis, also called the elephant bird, looked like an enormous, fat, ugly, wingless chicken with an ostrich-like head.
The existence of Aepyornis came to light when natives of Madagascar were seen to use halves of the gigantic eggs for buckets.
Aepyornis is gone, but its fossils are so new that they are believed to have become extinct around 1650.
www2.netdoor.com /~tlothian/ABC's/AbcRukh.htm   (527 words)

  
 BREATHING LIFE INTO THE EXTINCTION OF AEPYORNIS WITH EGGSHELL AMINO ACIDS AND STABLE ISOTOPES
Aepyornis reached weights in excess of 400 kg and laid the largest eggs the world has ever seen, larger than those of any dinosaur.
Carbon, nitrogen and oxygen isotopes in Aepyornis eggshells are used to trace the flow of nutrients through the prehistoric environments of Madagascar.
Values in excess of 16 per mil for nitrogen isotopes may reflect the effects of water stress on vegetation consumed or on nitrogen cycling within the birds.
gsa.confex.com /gsa/inqu/finalprogram/abstract_55549.htm   (451 words)

  
 THE PARATAXONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF A SOUTH ASIAN RATITE RECORD: EGGSHELL MORPHOLOGY AND FAUNAL SEQUENCE
Aepyornis (a now extinct form) have been recovered from numerous Neogene localities in Africa and Eurasia.
Aepyornis, to be present in Eurasia during the late Neogene and Quaternary.
Several episodes of ratite introduction into Eurasia from Africa are postulated, one circa 10 mya, based upon the first-appearances of three distinct morphospecies, and later introductions circa 5.3 mya, 3.3 mya, and 1.5 mya, based upon the first-appearances of three additional morphospecies.
gsa.confex.com /gsa/2004AM/finalprogram/abstract_78387.htm   (442 words)

  
 QI Talk Forum | View topic - Eggs
The largest egg laid by any animal (including the largest dinosaurs) was produced by the elephant bird (Aepyornis maximus) of Madagascar, which became extinct about 1700.
Aepyornis is thought to be the basis for the legend of the fierce roc that Sinbad battles in the Arabian Nights.
The National Geographic Society in Washington holds a specimen of an Aepyornis egg which was discovered by Luis Marden in 1967.
www.qi.com /talk/viewtopic.php?t=4008   (778 words)

  
 Aepyornis Island | TIME
They still tell of a great bird, called Aepyornis by paleontologists, which used to roam the island until a few thousand years ago.
Aepyornis was ten feet tall, could not fly, laid eggs bigger than footballs.
The Malagasy still find an occasional Aepyornis egg and sell it for as much as five or ten head of cattle to the Frenchmen, who then sell it to a collector or museum for as much as five or ten thousand dollars.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,802278,00.html   (668 words)

  
 Elephant Bird   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Elephant birds are members of the family Aepyornithidae which consists of four genera - Eremopezus, Stromeria, Mullerornis, and Aepyornis.
The first two of these are the earliest members, dating back to 60 million years.
The birds may have survived until as recently as 1649, and been driven to extinction by hunting.
hoopermuseum.earthsci.carleton.ca /flightless/aepyorn.htm   (173 words)

  
 The Elephant Bird   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Elephant Bird is thought to have been the inspiration for the Roc (or Ruhk) made famous in the stories of Sinbad and the accounts of Marco Polo.
While Aepyornis was by no means as large and terrible as the elephant-eating Roc, it WAS the largest bird that ever lived.
It is thought that between three and seven different types of Elephant Bird have lived since the Pleistocene although only one, the smaller Aepyornis mullerornis is thought to have survived into historic times along with the Elephant Bird.
users.aristotle.net /~swarmack/patra.html   (756 words)

  
 Aepyornis Island : : - Literature Vault - Classic Authors and Literature Online!
The second day I broached one of the Aepyornis eggs, scraped the shell away at the end bit by bit, and tried it, and I was glad to find it was good enough to eat.
I put AEPYORNIS ISLAND all around the place very nearly, in big letters, like what you see done with coloured stones at railway stations in the old country, and mathematical calculations and drawings of various sorts.
When they found an Aepyornis with a thigh a yard long, they thought they had reached the top of the scale, and called him Aepyornis maximus.
www.literaturevault.com /author/H-G-Wells/56   (4372 words)

  
 elephant bird. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
It is quite possible that the creation of the legendary roc of the Arabian Nights was based on discoveries of such eggs or even on distant memories of the elephant bird, for, if the roc legend did not originate in Madagascar, it has long been localized there by tradition.
The largest of the elephant birds, Aepyornis maximus, was also the heaviest of all known birds.
Elephant birds probably became extinct at the same time as the moas.
www.bartleby.com /65/el/elphnt-brd.html   (240 words)

  
 University of Wollongong <ADT> Public View
These experiments were used to determine the temperature sensitivity of isoleucine epimerisation in these eggshell types, expressed in terms of Arrhenius parameters, and to characterise the thermal stability of amino acids.
Late Holocene and Pleistocene populations of Aepyornis eggshells from the southern and southwestern coasts of Madagascar were readily distinguished by the extent of isoleucine epimerisation they exhibit.
The lack of variation in the ?(superscript 13)C and ?(superscript 18)O values of Aepyornis eggshells was attributed to subsistence on C3 vegetation and the water of perennial groundwater-fed ponds, whereas enriched nitrogen isotope ratios could be due to a number of factors including the infiltration of seawater into the littoral water table.
www.library.uow.edu.au /adt-NWU/public/adt-NWU20050405.124008   (684 words)

  
 Amazon.com: aepyornis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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 Aepyornis Island Term Papers, Essay Research Paper Help, Essays on Aepyornis Island
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 Aepyornis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
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 aepyornis - OneLook Dictionary Search
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aepyornis : The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
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 Elephant Bird egg, Treasures, Museum Victoria celebrates 150 years, Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Three species of elephant birds are currently recognised: Aepyornis Hildebrandti, A. medius and A. maximus.
The fossil record of the elephant birds is confined to the past 2 million years.
The novelist H.G. Wells, who trained as an anatomist, wrote about the elephant bird in a short story titled ‘Aepyornis Island’ (1894).
www.museum.vic.gov.au /treasures/collDetails.aspx?ID=51   (286 words)

  
 Picture: Elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus, egg size comparison with ostrich egg
Picture: Elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus, egg size comparison with ostrich egg
Elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus, egg size comparison with ostrich egg
Title: Elephant bird, Aepyornis maximus, egg size comparison with ostrich egg
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 Elephant Bird Egg from Madagascar
Laid by a giant flightless bird that looked something like its cousin, the ostrich, and weighed as much as a ton.
Aepyornis thrived in its island home of Madagascar until man arrived less than 1500 years ago.
It became extinct sometime during the 17th century.
www.stonecompany.com /fossils/vertebrate/avian/aepyornis/data.html   (93 words)

  
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