On The Power, Wisdom And Goodness Of God; As Manifested In The Creation Of Animals And In Their History, Habits And Instincts by William KirbyOn The Power, Wisdom And Goodness Of God; As Manifested In The Creation Of Animals And In Their History, Habits And Instincts by William Kirby

On The Power, Wisdom And Goodness Of God; As Manifested In The Creation Of Animals And In Their…

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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. 1837 Excerpt: ... strength and power of the first joint and its flat internal surface, we may conjecture that it assists in pressing the juices out of their prey, yet at the extremity of the second is a poison fang, being furnished, like the tooth of a viper or centipede, with a pore for emitting venom, which though not easily discovered in the smaller species, is visible under a lens in the larger; with these fangs, which communicate with a poison vesicle, the spider despatches the insects struggling in nis toils, which otherwise he could not so easily master, and having sucked out their juices casts away the carcass. The fang, by folding upon the apex of the busal joint of the organ we are considering, which is toothed on each side, and has a channel to receive it when unemployed, can be formed into a forceps, resembling that which arms the anterior thoracic leg of the shrimp, or that of the mantis, and which is probably, in some circumstances, used for prehension. The subject of poison-fangs affords a striking example of the adaptation and modification of different parts and organs to the discharge of the same or similar functions, according to the circumstances in which an animal is placed; the viper, the centipede, and the spider have their sting in their mouth, or in its vicinity; the scorpion and the bee and wasp have it at the other extremity of the body; while the male of the Ornithorhynchus, or Duck-bill, and Echidna, or New Holland Porcupine, have it in their hind legs. Considering the evident affinity between these last animals and the birds, their poison-spur seems evidently analogous to the spur that distinguishes the males of many gallinaceous birds; and, reasoning from analogy, we may conclude that this organ is given to the males of the Monolremes as a weap...

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Title:On The Power, Wisdom And Goodness Of God; As Manifested In The Creation Of Animals And In Their…Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.46 inPublished:May 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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