Excerpt from Proceedings of the California Academy of Natural Sciences, 1854-1857, Vol. 1
The Proceedings of the California Academy of Natural Sciences for the period included in this volume, were originally printed in a newspaper called The Pacific, published in San Francisco; the columns were afterward re-arranged, with but little regard for uniformity and size, into double-column pages approximating to octavo, and printed four pages to a signature. In reprinting it, it was deemed advisable to have the size of the pages conform to the present standard, so as to make the various volumes of an uniform size. In order to do this it was necessary to use a smaller type; but as the paragraphs have been opened somewhat by interspacing, it is believed that the present editiqn will be found much easier for reference than the first.
The paging of the original sheets has been preserved herein by insertion in the text at the exact place of occurrence, in brackets, thus, [00 No changes whatever have been made in the text, and only palpable typographical errors corrected. Thus, on page 74, the fourth paragraph from the bottom will be found incomplete, as in the original: and Dr. Trask's paper on Some New Microscopic Organisms, on page 110, is printed, though since found by him to have been based upon error. The plate (vi) to this paper was suppressed at the time, hence it is not reproduced in this edition. It will also be noticed that this reprint retains in the final paragraph the abrupt and suggestive termi nation dr which characterized the original. An Index of Authors has been added; this was wanting in the previous edition. The word Natural in the title of the Academy was dropped, upon the adoption of a new constitution at the annual meeting in January.
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