Popular cyclopaedia of natural science (by W.B. Carpenter).

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Page 16 - 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...
Page 17 - Pie-Annet, which the people of Lancashire call by no other name than a tree goose...
Page 17 - ... finely woven as it were together, of a whitish colour; one end whereof is fastened unto the inside of the shell, even as the fish of...
Page 321 - Man, being pursued solely for its tusks ; but this was the species known to the ancient Romans. 288. A third species of Elephant, commonly known as the Mammoth, formerly existed in Northern 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...
Page 17 - ... we call Barnakles, in the north of England Brant Geese, and in Lancashire tree Geese ; but the other that do fall upon the land, perish and come to nothing : thus much by the writings of others, and also from the mouths of people of those parts, which may very well accord with truth.
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 17 - ... when it is perfectly formed, the shell gapeth open, and the first thing that appeareth is the foresaid lace or string : next come 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 onely by the bill : in short space after it commeth to full maturitie, and falleth into the sea, where it gathereth feathers, and groweth to a fowle bigger than a mallard, and lesser than a goose...
Page 62 - ... which is a conscious violation of what is thought to be a natural law, but is not ; and an Objective Sin, a conscious violation of what is a natural law. In each case the integrity of consciousness is disturbed. So much for the definition of terms. There may be various Degrees of Error and of Sin. It is not easy to say where one begins and the other ends ; for in ethics as in all science, it is not easy to distinguish things by their circumferences, where they blend, but only by their centres,...
Page 325 - I at length found myself,' says he, 'as if placed in a charnel-house, surrounded by mutilated fragments of many hundred skeletons of more than twenty kinds of animals piled confusedly around me : the task assigned me was to restore them all to their original position. At the voice of comparative anatomy, every bone, and fragment of a bone, resumed its place.
Page 137 - which constitutes the 'hand, properly so called, is the faculty of opposing the thumb to the other fingers, so as to seize upon the most minute objects — -a faculty which is carried to its highest degree of perfection in man, in whom the whole anterior extremity is free, and can be employed in prehension.

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