PacSci-Doku: "Oldest Globe" Answer

By Dennis Schatz - Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs

The question in this edition is:

A globe of the Earth constructed in the early 1500s was made from the egg of what animal?

The answer: Ostrich

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Until recently the oldest globe of the Earth was one made from copper in around 1510, currently housed in the collections of the New York Public Library. In 2012, an Austrian map collector purchased a globe etched onto the surface of an ostrich age. Scientists know the ostrich globe is from about the same era because it shows similar geographic features as the copper globe. Images of this 500 year old globe can be found here.

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