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SOMETHING LIKE A FOSSIL.

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SOMETHING LIKE A FOSSIL. A correspondent of the Chicago Tribune, writing from Colorado Springs, says: The latest discovery, and one of the most important, perhaps, in the line of extinct monsters which are supposed to have lorded it over whales and other small fish, is the one just made by Professor J. H. Kerr, of the Faculty of Colorado College, located at Colorado Springs. The find' took place in the Garden of the Gods, near the famous gateway, while the professor was pro- secuting his systematic study of the rocks in that locality. The formation evidently is lower cretaceous, hence the fossil remains of the animal—or, more pro- perly, serpent or lizard—are of great antiquity. Pro- fessor Kerr has had several waggon loads of parts of the fossil brought to town, but several days' of hard labour will be required to get the remainder of the huge monster above ground. Careful measurements cannot as yet be effected, but by certain calculations, best known to scientific men, it is concluded that the reptile, in the days of its life, attained the start- ling proportions of 117 feet in length, and, when reared upon its lugs, not less than thirty feet ia height. The opening of the mouth was nearly twenty feet, and several casts of teeth over two feet long have been taken out. There were giants in those • ays'—among the fishes. Apparently embedded in the monster's stomach were several smaller reptiles and fishes, among them a petrifaction that appears to have been the well-known offensive and defensive weapon of the swdrdfish. The discoverer thinks that this sword may have caused the death of his lizardsbip. Compara- tively a small portion of the huge framework and of the various specimens of reptilia upon which the sarpmt' breakfasted—of the portion that has been removed— is actual bone, but there are excellent casts from hollow bones. Professor Kerr has not decided in what order to place his discovery. In examining the rocks and the soil of the plateau upon which is situated Colorado Springs, Professor Kerr found petrifactions of various kinds of tropical nuts—almonds, Brazil I nuts, &c., together with English walnuts. Some of these nuts were of surprising size, being as large as a man's fist."

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