Vignettes from Invisible Life

Vignettes from Invisible Life

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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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...between the Arachnoidce and the Annelides, or the Rotatoria and the Helmintlddee. Taken all in all, the little Water-bear is about the most self-sustaining and independent animal in this world. It will thrive upon food when it can get it, or do without it for an unlimited period. The kind of food is also a matter of supreme indifference to it, for it will either live on the juices of other creatures or among the debris of decaying animal and vegetable matter. Pure or dirty water comes alike to the Water-bear, or it will do without either, and grub among damp mosses for a livelihood, and, in the absence of even these, it quietly rolls itself up in its own skin and passes on the wings of the wind whithersoever it listeth. Though of relatively high organisation, it yet can do without a mate for the continuance of offspring; and these when they come give him neither care nor trouble, being, as we have seen, simply folded up in their parents' cast-off coats and left to shift for themselves. This is just such a creature as to stand the " wreck of matter and the crash of worlds," and almost answers the desideratum of some scientists for a creature that would bear the physical force of transference from one globe to another wrapped up in some form of mineral matter. XI.--COMPOSITE ANIMALS. " The man whose eye Is ever on himself, Doth look on one The least of Nature's works."--Wordsworth. " We penetrate bodily this incredible beauty; Our eyes are bathed in these lights and forms." Emerson. The principal object in this sketch is a group of Plumatella, a form of fresh-water Polyzoa to which are attached stentors, rotifers, vorticellse, and a beautiful tree form of epistylis. As they were all found together, so they are here drawn--not because there is more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671759
  • 9781236671752