Aepyornis

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Prehistory
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Aepyornis

Kingdom: Animilia Phylum: ChordataClass: AvesSuperorder: Paleognathae Order: Aepyornithiformes Family: Aepyornithidae Genus: Aepyornis Type Species: Aepyornis maximus

Extinction

Discovered by: Maurice Wilson (1914-1987)Habitat: MadagascarPossible Descendants: emus, caaowaries, kiwis, rheas, and moasDiet: Omnivores (eats both plants and animals)Height: Three meters tallWeight: 400-450 kilos

Connect to Evolution

Even though this species is now extinct, there are descendants from it.Fossils tell us the history of these sepcies.Endemic to Madagascar.

Facts

They are endemic to Madagascar. They have 2 names- in English and in Malagasy. In English- Aepyornis is called the “Elephant bird”And in Malagasy- it’s called Vorompatra meaning “ Bird of the Ampatres.”

Aepyornis

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General Information

The remains of the eggs of this bird can be found on the eastern Canary Islands. -The fossils are found as far as the Quaternary time period (2,588,000 years ago), till the present day. -Found in Madagascar-Died by the 17th century

There's two theories for Aepyornis extinction. 1) Because of human activity, more specifically, hunting. 2) Because of human diseases.*Aepyornis eggs found in remains of human fires confirmed they were used as meals for families.

Fossil Evidence


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