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Volume 26, 1893
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4. “Ossiferous Clay found at Queen Charlotte Sound.” Mr. Tregear described the locality where the clay had been found. The bones were calcined, and seemed to be of several kinds. They might be the remains of whales.

Sir James Hector said that without further inquiry it was difficult to say how those heaps had been formed. Those near the beach certainly contained charred bones; but the last-found bone fragments, at a distance from the sea-shore, did not seem to have been burnt.

General Schaw exhibited some chips that showed imperfect spontaneous combustion, which could not be accounted for. The chips formed the nest of a laying hen.