Zoologist: A Monthly Journal of Natural History

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West, Newman, 1868
 

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Página 1393 - Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain ; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory. The explanation lies, as I believe, in the extreme imperfection of the geological record.
Página 1176 - And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
Página 1092 - Thus, like the sad presaging raven, that tolls The sick man's passport in her hollow beak, And in the shadow of the silent night Doth shake contagion from her sable wings, Vex'd and tormented runs poor Barabas With fatal curses towards these Christians.
Página 1014 - The chequer'd glooms, the moon her chaste ray sheds, Where knots of blue-bells droop their graceful heads, And beds of violets blooming 'mid the trees, Load with waste fragrance the nocturnal breeze. Say, why does Man, while to his opening sight...
Página 1434 - English ass, the animal in its native desert is the perfection of activity and courage ; there is a high-bred tone in the deportment, a high-actioned step when it trots freely over the rocks and sand, with the speed of a horse when it gallops over the boundless desert. No animal is more difficult of approach ; and although they are frequently captured by the Arabs, those taken are invariably the foals, which are ridden down by fast dromedaries, while the mothers escape.
Página 1258 - President, in the Chair. The minutes of the last meeting having been read and confirmed, The...
Página 1427 - The cool night arrived, and at about half-past eight I was lying half asleep upon my bed by the margin of the river, when I fancied that I heard a rumbling like distant thunder ; I had not heard such a sound for months, but a low, uninterrupted roll appeared to increase in volume, although far distant. 74 THE RIVER COMES DOWN. [CHAP. 11. Hardly had I raised my head to listen more attentively, when a confusion of voices arose from the Arabs...
Página 1434 - Those who have seen donkeys in their civilized state have no conception of the beauty of the wild and original animal. Far from the passive and subdued appearance of the English ass, the animal in its native desert is the perfection of activity and courage ; there is a high-bred tone in the deportment, a high-actioned step when it trots freely over the rocks and sand, with the speed of a horse when it gallops over the boundless desert.
Página 1441 - The crocodile does not attempt to swallow a large prey at once, but generally carries it away, and keeps it for a considerable time in its jaws in some deep hole beneath a rock, or the root of a tree, where it eats it at leisure. The tongue of the crocodile is so unlike that of any other creature that it can hardly be called by the same name : no portion throughout the entire length is detached from the flesh of the lower jaw — it is more like a thickened membrane from the gullet to about half...
Página 1437 - ... by a single vulture ; whereas, if visible, they would have been visited by these birds in thousands. Vultures and the Marabou stork fly at enormous altitudes. I believe that every species keeps to its own particular elevation, and that the atmosphere contains regular strata of birds of prey, who, invisible to the human eye at their enormous height, are constantly resting upon their wide-spread wings, and soaring in circles, watching with telescopic sight the world beneath.

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