There are forty and odd vertebrae in all, which in the skeleton are not locked together. They mostly lie
like the great knobbed blocks on a Gothic spire, forming solid courses of heavy masonry. The largest, a
middle one, is in width something less than three feet, and in depth more than four. The smallest, where
the spine tapers away into the tail, is only two inches in width, and looks something like a white billiard-
ball. I was told that there were still smaller ones, but they had been lost by some little cannibal urchins,
the priest's children, who had stolen them to play marbles with. Thus we see how that the spine of even
the hugest of living things tapers off at last into simple child's play.