Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Volume 13

Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science Volume 13

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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. 1844 edition. Excerpt: the Sheep; and the highly interesting question, which of these had existed contemporaneously with the Mammoth and Rhinoceros, was satisfactorily determined by the cranial fragment: in its shape and size, and especially in the character of the cores of the horns, which were 2 inches in length, subcompressed, pointed, directed upwards, with a slight bend outwards and backwards, it closely agreed with the common Goat (Copra Hircus), and with the short-horned female of the Wild Goat (Capra jEgagrus), the probable origin of the half-domesticated Goat of Europe. Whether the Capra jffigagrus or the Capra Ibex should be regarded as the stock of our domestic breed, has long been a question among naturalists; the weighty argument which may be drawn from the character of the wild species which was contemporary with the Bosprimigenius and Bos longifrons, is shown by the present fossil to be in favour of the Capra JEgagrus. Genus Cervus, Subgenus Capreolus. In the collection of British fossils belonging to Mr. Purdue of Islington, there is an entire left ramus of the lower jaw of a small Ruminant, identical in size and conformation with that of the Roebuck ( Cervus Capreolus). It was found in a lacustrine deposit of marl, with freshwater shells, below the bed of peat, at Newbury in Berkshire. Antlers of the Roebuck have been found at ten feet deep below the fen-land of Cambridgeshire. The characteristic antlers, with portions of the jaws and teeth of the Roebuck, have been found in the bone-caves in Pembrokeshire, and in the neighbourhood of Stokeupon-Trent. I have been favoured with specimens from the limestone caverns of. the latter locality by Robert Garner, Esq., the author of the 'History of Staffordshire.' Almost the entire skeleton of a...
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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924339
  • 9781236924339