The Great and Small Game of Europe, Western & Northern Asia and America; Their Distribution, Habits, and Structure

The Great and Small Game of Europe, Western & Northern Asia and America; Their Distribution, Habits, and Structure

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...are from time to time dug up in the peat and other superficial deposits of the British Islands and the Continent, or even as many of those carried by stags killed two or three centuries ago on the Continent. About 4 feet at Fig. 46.--Red Deer Antlers, showing splitting on the right side. In the Collection of Viscount Powerscourt. the withers is the height attained at the present day by wild red deer of the typical race in Western Europe. A stag killed by Lord Tweedmouth in the autumn of 1880 weighed 21 stone 9 lbs. when cleaned. Red deer have been introduced into New Zealand, where they thrive well. Abnormalities are by no means uncommon in red deer antlers, some of these being of very remarkable types. In the pair shown in Fig. 46, which were bought in Paris by Viscount Powerscourt in the year 1863, the antler of the right side is bifurcated a short distance above the point of origin of the bez-tine. The lower branch of the fork has two points, representing the third and apparently the fourth tine, while the hinder and larger branch terminates in a fork corresponding to a portion of the crown of the complete antler of the opposite side. More remarkable still is the specimen shown in Fig. 47, also from the Fig. 47.--Red Deer Antlers, showing complete duplication on the right side. From the Powerscourt Collection. Powerscourt collection. Here the left antler is complete, with the normal number of tines. The entire right antler is, however, completely double, from burr to crown, the lower beam showing even a rudimentary brow and bez-tine. Neither of the duplicated antlers displays any trace of a trez-tine, but the crowns of the two are almost replicas of one another. This resemblance between the duplicated antlers is very remarkable and...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236831012
  • 9781236831019