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Fact Checking: Can Ostriches Digest Iron?

Abstract : One of the most striking imaginary property about an animal in the Middle Ages concerns the ostrich's ability to eat and digest iron. The paper presents several experiments which took place both in islamic and christian areas, from the tenth to the Sixteenth Century, trying to check if this legend was true or not, even if the result was the killing of the animal. http://mad.hypotheses.org/131
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Contributor : Thierry Buquet <>
Submitted on : Monday, November 18, 2013 - 11:27:18 AM
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