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Platyorinus lavis, 61
Plocamium coccineum, 249
Plumularia Catherina, 248
Poteriocrinus crassus, 61
Productus giganteus, 63
Productus punctatus, 62
Pseudodifflugia gracilis, 245
Ptychoptera, 172 Barnacle Goose, 253
GUIANA Root-Press, 224
Rhizodus Hibberti, 64
Rhynchonella pleurodon, 76
Rossendale Rhizopods, 58, 84, 131, 175, CARNAC, STANDING STONES OF, 197 Hilara, 157
196, 227, 244, 267 Centropyxis aculeata, 176
Section of Glaciated Clays at EasthampClausilia rugosa, 257
stead, 136, 137
Spirifera striata, 63
Spirifera trigonatis, 62
Square-Tailed Worm, 80
Map showing Carboniferous Limestone, 60
Telegraphic Communications between 109 Moss, New British, 52
Great Britain, Europe, and the East, Difflugia acuminata, 132
Trinema acinus, 369
Two Sides of the Medal, 28, 29
Vertical Camera, 31
Villosa, 84, 85