Life In Its Lower, Intermediate, And Higher Forms; Or, Manifestations Of The Divine Wisdom In The…

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byPhilip Henry Gosse

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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. 1857. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIV. Mammalia (Quadrupeds). By universal consent, those animals which we generally call Quadrupeds are placed in the highest rank of organic life. Perhaps it would be scarcely true to say that a Guinea-pig or an Ant-eater is superior in energy and development to a Falcon, superior in those characters which determine relative rank in being; but this only shews--what we have had repeated occasion to state--that the range of animal existences cannot be included in a linear series. The Ant-eater and the Guinea-pig are members of a great group of creatures, which are manifestly associated together by a closer bond than that which allies them, or any one of them, to other creatures; and this great group possesses, as a whole and characteristically, though in degrees differing inter se, the various senses, powers, and faculties, both bodily and mental, that belong to an animal in a higher state of development, than any other equivalent group. The term "Quadruped" is applicable to this Class, not in scientific strictness, but only in popular freedom of speech. One whole Order--that of the Whales and Dolphins--is entirely destitute of the hinder pair of limbs, and the external form of their body is fish-like, as are also their habits of life and the medium in which they reside; yet these animals have far greater and more important affinities with Quadrupeds than with Fishes, and must therefore be grouped with the former rather than with the latter. The term "Mammalia," derived from mamma (the female breast), suggests a character of great physiological value and of invariable application, by which the creatures of this class are distinguished from all others. They suckle their young, which are in all cases brought forth alive (i. e. not enclosed in eggs),...

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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. 1857. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXXIV. Mammalia (Quadrupeds). By universal consent, those animals which we generally call Quadrupeds are placed in the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021723352X

ISBN - 13:9780217233521

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