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Ostriches and Earthquakes

An exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences shows how tectonic movements have shaped life—including an ostrich's. 

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Ostrich chick hatching from its shell, image
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An ostrich chick hatches from its shell.


Ostriches, originally from Africa, are close kin of emus, from Australia, and rheas, from South America. The flightless birds evolved after the supercontinent Gondwana was torn apart by tectonic shifts in our planet’s crust. See ostrich chicks and learn how earth movements shape life in the exhibit Earthquake, opening May 26 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. (415) 379-8000,

Photography courtesy of Floeck's Country Ranch


This article was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.