Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution

Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution : Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution to July, 1894 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution: Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution to July, 1894 To trace out the migration of the varied forms of life, both animal and vegetable, to their present habitats forms one of the most absorb ing of zoo geographical investigations - a study, as Mr. Wallace well remarks, which will surely lead to a fuller comprehension of the complex relations and mutual interdependence which link every animal and vegetable form with the ever-changing earth which sup ports them into one grand organic whole, and which, besides, will enable the investigator to demark with increasing certainty, as his labors progress, the changes in fluctuation of land and water which the globe has from age to age restlessly experienced. As soon as our knowledge of the fauna and flora of the continents and islands of the globe had advanced sufficiently far to enable fairly accurate system atic catalogues of the animals and plants inhabiting them to be drawn up, many singular anomalies came to light, some of which have been apparently sufficiently explained, while of others the causes are still as inexplicable as ever. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 966 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 48mm | 1,266g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243119224
  • 9780243119226