We have heard of "philosophy in a nut-shell " and "philosophy in an egg," and many persons may suppose that philosophy cannot be of much account when it can be cramped Into such contracted receptacles. If the value of philosophy were to be estimated by the length, breadth, height and depth of modern eggs, we would certainly conclude that we lived in degenerate times, in comparison with those supposed pre-adamites who sojourned in the Connecticut valley before the Flood.
Professor Hitchcock in his work on "Fossil Foot-prints," describes a biped — Brontozoum giganteum which had a foot 18 inches long, and a step of not less than five feet. It was 12 feet high, and weighed from 400 to 800 pounds. The ostrich is the largest of living birds; his height is from seven to eight feet, his step is 26 inches, and he only weighs 100 pounds. The old gigantic birds had undoubtedly eggs proportioned to their size. At one time they traversed the Connecticut valley in flocks, and numerous are their tracks in the sandstone near the rail-road at Northampton. Hundreds of the foot-prints, as fresh and distinct as if they had been impressed but yesterday upon the mud, are now to be seen in many sandstone slabs.