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Bidding for acceptance as fact, and for its place in the sun of fame and notoriety, we come now to the newly discovered fossil rhino animal mold of Blue Lake in Grand Coulee, central Washington. Not that fossil rhinos are rare or that their abundance in the Tertiary of America has waited until the present for revelation, is this fossil important. The feature in the Blue Lake rhino which taxes our credulity is the existence of the thing in what unquestionably must pass as once liquid basaltic lava. That anything organic could pass through the terrific heat and pressure of a lava flow puts this fossil in the realm of visible ghosts, or walking on water.


This article was originally published in The Mineralogist.


The Mineralogist

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