On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God; As Manifested in the Creation of Animals, and in Their History, Habits, and Instincts Volume 1

On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God; As Manifested in the Creation of Animals, and in Their History, Habits, and Instincts Volume 1

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...easy to bruise and masticate than what we have seen satisfies the whale, and these organs afford a singular contrast to those by which that enormous monster obtains its food. The Echinidans, whose station appears to be often near the shore upon submerged ledges of rock, feed upon whatever animal they can seize. Ve-have seen that they sometimes turn upon their back and sides, as well as move horizontally; this enables them more readily to secure their food, with the aid of the numerous suckers in the vicinity Fig. 17, d. of their mouth, which, when once they are fixed, never ll go their hold till the animal is brought within the action of their powerful jaws. Lamarck thinks they do not masticate but only lacerate their food; but as two faces of each of their pyramidal organs answer those of the two adjoining ones, and these faces are finely and transversely furrowed, this looks like masticating surfaces. Bose, who appears to have seen them take their food, says it consists principally of young shell-fish and small crustaceous animals; as the latter are very alert in their motions, it is difiicult for the sea-urchins to lay hold of them: but when once one of these animals suffers itself to be touched by one or two of the tentacles of its enemy, it is soon seized by a great number of others, and immediately carried towards the mouth, the apparatus of which developing itself, soon reduces it to a pulp. Who can say that the All-wise Creator did not foresee all the situations into which this animal would be thrown, so as to provide it with every thing that its station and functions require? Considering its internal organization and the nature of the animal itself, and that it holds a middle station between the polype and the Molluscans, in the former...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632893
  • 9781236632890