Science: In the Museums

Last week Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History received its first news from the expedition which rich, eccentric Templeton Crocker of San Francisco is conducting in the South Sea islands aboard his big yacht Zaca. The news: Gygis alba, a white, gull-like bird, builds no nest for her solitary, mottled egg but plops it neatly into the fork of a slim tree-branch. She covers the egg with her breast but leaves it occasionally to find food. The young Gygis may, during mother's absence, break out of the shell to find itself alone,...

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