Philosophical Transactions Volume 27-28

Philosophical Transactions Volume 27-28

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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. 1712 edition. Excerpt: Desk, were not hatch'd in less than 7 Weeks time. Thus we see how regular the Production of a Mite is, (which was formerly look'd upon to be the smallest of Creatures, ) and how admirable the' Structure is of such a wonderful Animalcttlum: Wherefore those who have hitherto been big of that Vulgar Error, that a great many small Animalcula are produdd of themselves, or out of Corruption, I doubt not, but now they ways, a great many empty Husks, or Skins or Mites, which I mostly imagissd to be the Skins of dead Mites, but when I now perceiv"d that the dead Mites were not transparent, I began to consider whether these Mites might' not shed their Skins, as well as several other Creatures: But that Matter demands a further enuiry. q After that we had had for some Days more than or dinary cold and frosty Weather, l got some Mites that: were taken from a Bladder broke in pieces, and view(r)d them with a Glass z and saw that some of them were dead, and others still alive, but very slow in moving. In the latter end of the Winter, I took a Glass Tube of about the length of a Span, and thickness of a cornmon Writing Penz and I put therein three or sour Mites, which l judg'd to be Female-s; and together with them a long flice of a dry'd ox's Bladder, which I had laid in Rain Water for a very finall space os Tirrie, because it was very hard and dry 5. but l prelsd it again with a clean Cloath, that the Water in it might he nc: hindrance to the Mitesz and then! stopt both ends of "m! whole nimalcula, but endeavourd to perswade me, that they were produced from the Fat which grows upon-the Skins of the Furs. Wherefore to remove the popular Prejudices concerning the aforesaid Animalcnla, I caused my Painter to draw the forsaken Skin of more

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  • English
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