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A GIANT FOSSIL BIRD.

sphenoidal escutcheon, and the basipterygoid apophyses with their faces well accentuated, are exhibited. According to Mr. Huxley, this

PSM V21 D483 Skeleton of a gastornis eduardsii.jpg
Fig. 1.-Restoration of the Skeleton of Gastornis Eduardsii, an Eocene Bird, Three Metres (or about ten feet) High.

character occurs now with several birds—divers, ducks, and hens—and with several lacertians and ophidians.

The upper mandible, which was found almost entire, is very remarkable for a series of false alveoles, reminding one of the atrophied