Books: Collected Curios

ANIMAL TALES (510 pp.)—Compiled by Ivan J. Sanderson—Knopf ($5).

In 1900 a prehistoric mammoth was discovered in the ice of northern Siberia. Russian and German scientists hastened to study the body, then approximately 50,000 years old. Other frozen Pleistocene Age mammals had been found from time to time, but this one was so well preserved that half-chewed leaves and grasses still clung to its teeth. Its hide was covered with long, reddish-brown woolly hair. The hind legs measured nearly 50 inches from sole to knee, and weighed about 350 pounds each. The...

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