Scientist Finds Extinct Dwarf Emu Egg on Australian Island

December 30, 2021 at 12:08 am

The beautiful egg of the King Island Dwarf Emu is the only known remaining egg of its kind

A scientist recently stumbled upon a big beautiful, sparkly teal egg on King Island, Australia.

Well, it wasn’t big and beautiful until he glued it together. He found almost all of the pieces  close together in a sand dune.

Like the two other island species of dwarf emu (the Tasmanian emu and the Kangaroo Island emu), the King Island emu went extinct shortly after the European colonization of Australia (1788-1850).

There is only one subspecies of emu left on the Australian mainland. It is the world’s second largest bird standing 5.7 feet tall.

Even though the dwarf emu were about half the size of the mainland emu, their giant eggs are still about the same size – 5 inches long and 3.5 wide – and they weigh over a pound!

The King Island emu egg was the only species of emu egg scientists hadn’t yet found. The addition to the collection will enable them to compare all four subspecies.

Scientists speculate the reason dwarf emu eggs are so big compared to their adult size is to protect them from predators, both in the egg and when they come out already largely developed.