Science: End of the Hunt

Ever since it was founded in 1869, Manhattan's great American Museum of Natural History has felt self-conscious about a gap in its collection of animal skeletons-the skull of the rare, nearly extinct Java rhinoceros, which has never been shown in any zoo on earth. Since 1920 the museum has sent many expeditions, financed by Trustee Arthur Vernay, to Malaya on fruitless searches for the shy beast.

But the museum has its rhino skull at last. It was found amid a heap of dusty bones in the Museum's attic, where it has lain since 1869....

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