The Geographical Distribution of Mammals

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Day and Son, 1866 - 420 pages
 

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Page 8 - Bosman, alter strangely; their ears grow long and stiff like those of foxes, to which colour they also incline, so that in three or four years they degenerate into very ugly creatures; and in three or four broods their barking turns into a howl.
Page 225 - The instant one was perceived, it was necessary, in order to catch it, almost to tumble off one's horse ; for in soft soil the animal burrowed so quickly, that its hinder quarters would almost disappear before one could alight.
Page 100 - I proposed to four of the people, to go to the end of the bay, about two miles distant from the bell tent, to occupy the skeleton of an old Indian wigwam, which I had discovered in a walk that way upon our first landing. This we covered to windward with sea-weed ; and lighting a fire, laid ourselves down, in hopes of finding a remedy for our hunger in sleep ; but we had not long composed ourselves...
Page 92 - Viewed in the distance, indeed, these rocky piles, in their endless succession, assume the appearance of massive artificial structures, decked out with all the accessories of buttress and turret, arched doorway and clustered shaft, pinnacle, and finial, and tapering spire.
Page 106 - I believe that the animal pursued in the present instance is the largest to which they give battle. Their pace is a long never-tiring gallop, and in the chase they relieve one another, the leading hounds falling to the rear when fatigued, when others, who have been husbanding their strength, come up and relieve them. Having succeeded in bringing their quarry to bay, they all surround him, and he is immediately dragged to the ground, and in a few minutes torn to pieces and consumed.
Page 89 - When we reflect on the difficulty that the naturalist finds in getting out the body of the turtle, without separating the upper and under shells, we cannot enough admire the suppleness of the jaguar's paw, which empties the double armour of the arraus, as if the adhering parts of the muscles had been cut by means of a surgical instrument.
Page 89 - ... and as they turn many more than they can devour in one night, the Indians often profit by their cunning. The jaguar pursues the turtle quite into the water, and when not very deep...
Page 285 - Take the case of one of our wild quadrupeds, — suppose a fox or wild cat ; they make their nest, they have their litter. Suppose it should happen that they must travel one or two hundred miles to get a drink of water, impelled by the peculiar thirsty condition of a nursing mother, but obliged to leave the little family at home; where would this family be when the parent returned from its hundredmile journey, — the poor litUe blind, deserted litter?
Page 71 - It is, that the antecedents of the peculiar Australian Flora may have inhabited an area to the westward of the present Australian continent...
Page 35 - Fucus (the gulf-weed), have much disputed, both respecting its origin, and whether it continues to grow while floating about. Nothing at all bearing on the former question has yet been discovered ; for though species of Sargassum abound along the shores of tropical countries, none exactly corresponds with S. bacciferum. That the ancestors of the present bank, have originally migrated from some fixed station, is probable ; but further than probability we can say nothing. That it continues to flourish...

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