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Alleged Discovery of a Fossil Monster.

The ' Akaroa Mail' publishes some further particulars respectingthe discovery of a supposed fossil of unusually largo dimensions at Raupo Bay, near Little Akaloa, on Banks Peninsula. The statement first made, that the fossil was found by some men who were fencing, is a mistake. Mr M'Hale, a settler on whose property it is, found is some five years ago, and ha 3 since_ spent some oonsiderablo time and labor in unearthing portions of the supposed skeleton. It is said to extend some fifteen chains, Or 990 ft, in length, and is about 100 ft above the sea level. The clay has been dug away in seven or eight places to show the spinal column. The vertebras are said to be shaped like the screw of a steamer, and their breadth is_ about 3ft, increasing more or less in size towards the skull. The side of what is supposed to be the Bkull has been uncovered, and an eye hole is apparent. The side is oblong, and is said to be like that which the iguanodon is said to have

possessed. Mr M'Hale has carried several detached portions oi the remains to his house. Some of the pieces are said to be unmistakeable bone, and others cannot be distinguished from "petrified clay." Three pieces form what Mr M'Hale considers was the liu or paddle of the reptile These line a covering of volcanic rock. It having bci-n mentioned that Dr Symes hud inspected the aipposed fossil, a representative of the 'Mail' called upon him and .inked him what opinion he had formed on the matter. Dr Symes at the outset denied that he hail stated he was of opinion these were the remains of two monsters, a largo aud a small one. He says that until Mr M'Hale will allow some of tho specimens to be properly examined it is not advisable to express any opinion about them. It might, however, be suggested that they probably consist of one or more tiue bones amongst a large amount of rocky concretions, similar to what was formerly found at Governor Bay. He had seen as yet no proof of these specimens having belonged to any very largo animals, and was inclined to think the majority of the specimens will be found to be merely rocky concretions, and not fossils at all. Dr Symes only saw one specimen which he could on the Bpot positively identify as true bone. It was a round bone, about 9in long, and was imbedded in hard rock. Professor Hutton and Mr 11. 0. Forbes, curator of the Christchurch Museum, both state that so far as they can judge from tho statements made concerning the alleged fossil, it is nothing more than rocky concretions, which are sometimes found in peculiar shapes. It is about a month ago since Dr Symes visited tho scene of the discovery, and Mr M'Hale then promised to send some specimens to Christchurch. It is to bo hoped that he will do so, in order that the question as to whether the material i 8 true'bone or not may be settled,

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Alleged Discovery of a Fossil Monster., Evening Star, Issue 8023, 27 September 1889

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Alleged Discovery of a Fossil Monster. Evening Star, Issue 8023, 27 September 1889

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