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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: Y: 62/14
Object name: Egg
Title: Egg
Description: An emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) egg brought back from the Antarctic in 1840 by Dumont d'Urville's French Naval Expedition 1837-40 (Astrolabe and Zélée).
Classified name:
SPRI theme natural history
Current place name Antarctic regions
UDC 591.465.1 : 598.45
Geographic UDC (*7)
Getty AAT eggs
Field collection:
Date 1837
Place Antarctic regions
Number of items: 1
Full description:

An emperor penguin egg. The egg has a blowing hole at either end, and a central hole which has been covered with a paper disc. The side of the egg is cracked, and the crack has been papered over. Handwritten in ink on the egg is 'Aptenodytes Forsteri // Emperor Penguin' and '769'. There is also a printed paper label stuck to the egg reading '769'.

  • Length: 110mm, diameter: 80mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • : French Naval Expedition 1837-40 (Astrolabe and Zélée) (1837 - 1840)