Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10)

Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10)

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"[...]than men. Some authors pretend that the teeth would continue to grow through life, if it were not for their continual attrition, occasioned by the food on which man subsists, and increase in size (as is the case in several animals) in proportion as he advances in age. But this opinion is contradicted by experience; for persons who live wholly on liquid nutriment have not teeth longer than those who live on solid food, and if any thing is capable of wearing the teeth, it is rather their mutual friction one against another than mastication. Besides, they possibly deceive themselves by confounding teeth with tusks, as to the growth of the former in certain animals. The tusks of the wild boar and elephant, for example, continue to grow during life, but it is highly improbable that the teeth of either, when once arrived at their natural size, should afterwards increase. Tusks have a[...]."show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10mm | 254g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507548389
  • 9781507548387