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What the Embryologists Discovered
by Terrie Leigh Relf
It was winter when we found her nest . . . Still cradling her egg with arms and hands now devoid of flesh, a creature of unknown origin. She had clearly been dead for quite some time. Rather than being horrified at the sight of human hands on what at first appeared to be a bird, we were touched by the scene, curious as to what had befallen her, saddened by the certain death of her progeny.
candling the egg
back at the lab
While the egg incubated, we studied its mother’s bones. What first appeared to be the effects of weathering, we discovered were claw and teeth marks. Carbon dating revealed that our initial perceptions had been incorrect, as the mother had been dead but hours. After the initial scans revealed significant traces of humanoid DNA, we ran them again with the same results.
in the forest
Fiction © Copyright Terrie Leigh Relf
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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