IN a previous communication1, a preliminary account was given of observations and experiments on the relative edibility of the flesh of birds. Full details of this research have now been published elsewhere2. During the past two years, this work has been extended to an investigation of the relative edibility of ‘birds eggs. Final results of the inquiry, which is still in progress, will not be available for some time; but since, with the exception of a paper by C. F. M. Swynnerton published in 19163, the subject appears hitherto to have remained almost unexplored, it would now seem appropriate to summarize the new observations and to indicate certain conclusions to be drawn from them.
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COTT, B. Edibility of the Eggs of Birds. Nature 161, 8–11 (1948). https://doi.org/10.1038/161008a0
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