FACTFILE... on large and small eggs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

The largest egg in the world is said to be a 1 -inch or

cm tall spec­i­men laid by a Great Elephant Bird in Mada­gas­car al­most 400 years ago.

The egg, which was sold in 2009 at an an­tiques fair in London, is big­ger than a rugby ball and mea­sures more than

ft round its cir­cum­fer­ence.

The flight­less Great Elephant Birds, which were 10ft and weighed a half a tonne, were wiped out by hunters in the mid-1600s.

Last month, Peak Dis­trict farmer Harry Evans claimed that his hen “Big Bird” had laid the world’s small­est egg.

Barely big­ger than a 5p coin, it mea­sured just 0.9 inches or 2.5cm long, has a di­am­e­ter of 0.79 inches or 2cm through its widest part and weighs 0.26oz or 7. g.

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