Zoology: Being a Sketch of the Classification, Structure, Distribution, and Habits, of Animals, Volume 1

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Wm. S. Orr and Company, 1844 - Fishes
 

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Page 443 - Wren, is the smallest of our native birds ; its length from the tip of the beak to the end of the tail...
Page 16 - But what our eyes have seene and hands haue touched we shall declare. There is a small Island in Lancashire called the pile of Foulders, wherein are found the broken pieces of old and bruised ships, some whereof have been cast thither by Shipwracke, and also the trunks and bodies with the branches of old and rotten trees cast up there likewise ; whereon is found a certain spume or froth that in time breedeth...
Page 17 - Pie-Annet, which the people of Lancashire call by no other name than a tree goose...
Page 321 - Asia in great abundance ; as is proved by the vast number of tusks and bones which are found buried in the frozen soil of Siberia. The tusks form a regular article of commerce, and are employed throughout Russia as the ordinary ivory of the turner. A complete carcase of the animal was found at the beginning of this century, frozen up in the ice at the mouth of the river Lena in Siberia ; the flesh being in such good preservation, that bears and dogs fed off it.
Page 16 - But what our eyes have seen and our hands have touched" continues 'the Author, doubtless with full sincerity, " we shall declare. There is a small island in Lancashire called the Pile of Foulders...
Page 17 - ... the legs of the bird hanging out ; and, as it groweth greater, it openeth the shell by degrees, till at length it is all come forth, and hangeth only by the bill...
Page 17 - ... to the shape and form of a bird. When it is perfectly formed the shell gapeth open, and the first thing that appeareth is the...
Page 568 - Such are the strange combinations of form and structure in the Plesiosaurus, — a genus, the remains of which, after interment for thousands of years amidst the wreck of millions of extinct inhabitants of the ancient earth, are at length recalled to light by the researches of the geologist. and submitted to our examination in nearly as perfect a state as the bones of species that are now existing upon the earth.
Page 213 - CAT. be properly said to belong to our own country, — the Domestic Cat having been probably introduced at a very remote period. In earlier times, when woods and forests covered many parts of the kingdom which are now reclaimed and devoted to agriculture, the Wild Cat was much more generally distributed ; but it is now confined to Scotland, some of the woods in the North of England, the woody mountains of Wales, and some parts of Ireland.
Page 270 - Pallas had tne patience to examine their provision of hay piece by piece, and found it to consist chiefly of the choicest grasses, and the sweetest herbs, all cut when most vigorous, and dried so slowly as to form a green and succulent fodder ; he found in it scarcely any ears, or blossoms, or hard and woody stems, but some mixture of bitter herbs, probably useful to render the rest more wholesome.

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