Lectures on Natural History by Edward JesseLectures on Natural History by Edward Jesse

Lectures on Natural History

byEdward Jesse

Paperback | February 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1863 Excerpt: ... 236 XIX. NEW SOUTH WALES. My dear friends, you must all of you have heard of Australia, or New South Wales. It is the largest territory in the world that does not bear the name of continent. Much of it is still unexplored, and its circuitous line of coast is supposed to be upwards of 2000 miles. The general face of it is diversified with gentle risings and small winding valleys, generally covered with large spreading trees. There are also a great variety of flowering plants, which gave the name of Botany Bay to a certain district. The heat is seldom excessive in summer, nor the cold very severe in winter. The atmosphere is generally bright and clear. In fact, it is a very extraordinary country, differing, in most respects, from any other, both in animal and vegetable productions. The largest quadruped found in it is the kangaroo, it being sometimes six feet in height. When the young are born they are only an inch long, and are transferred by the female to a sort of pouch under the belly, called an abdominal pouch, in which the young one remains three-quarters of a year, until it weighs nearly fourteen pounds In defending themselves when attacked, they support themselves on their enormous tail and one foot, and strike with the other, which is armed with a long and strong nail, and thus can rip up their enemy, which is generally a dog employed to hunt them. It has been known to take up a dog in its fore-feet, and strike and kill it with its hind claw. When a female kangaroo has been hunted, and, in order to facilitate her own escape, she has been seen to take her young one out of her pouch, and throw it as far as she could on one side, out of the way of the pursuing dogs; if she escapes, she returns to seek it. The emeu is the next largest animal found in New...
Title:Lectures on Natural HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217859631

ISBN - 13:9780217859639