Science: Elephantine Egg

A quarter-century ago in the southern part of Madagascar, a herdsman of the savage Tandroy tribe was tending his cattle on the banks of a river swollen by the torrential rains of late December and January. The tribesman caught sight of an object, bobbing lightly on the turbid water, which he would have described, had he chanced to be a U. S. college man, as a soiled white football. When he fished it ashore he saw that it was an egg, and its great size recalled to his mind the stories he had...

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