The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal Volume 6

The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal Volume 6

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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. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...first number of the " Zoological Researches;" a work intended to record descriptions and histories, with figures of nondescript or imperfectly known animals. The present number contains two memoirs, one on the metamorphoses of the Crustacea, and on the genus Zoea; the second on the genus Mysis, or Opossum-shrimp. Both are illustrated by accurately drawn and neatly engraved outlines of structure and form of the animals described. In the first memoir, the author, after some observations on the luminosity of the sea, --which phenomenon is partly occasioned by species of the Zoea tribe, --next details those observations which have enabled him to ascertain that the Zoea, and probably many of the Decapodous Crustacea, undergo a metamorphosis, by which they pass from the state of swimming to that of crawling animals. This we consider a curious and important discovery; and, independent of other considerations, enables us to explain what appears to many naturalists so paradoxical, --the annual peregrinations of land-crabs to the sea-shore. The memoir on the genus Mysis, or Opossum-shrimp, a small group of the Crustacea, is not only instructive, but must prove amusing, even to those who in general feel little disposed to take an interest in the minute, but wonderful, creatures with which the waters of the ocean are peopled. This highly meritorious work, we doubt not, will be extensively patronized by the naturalists of this and other countries. 6. M. de la Beche's Talk of Formations. 2d Edition. In a former occasion, we reported favourably of the first edition of this interesting work. The present is no less worthy of patronage, as it contains a good deal of new and useful information. As another edition may be expected of a table, which every geologist ought...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662741
  • 9781236662743