The Wonders of the World; In Nature, Art, and Mind

The Wonders of the World; In Nature, Art, and Mind

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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. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...as a certain sign of the vicinity of her eggs, as at all other times the ostriches pursue, for a time at least, a direct and straightforward course. In the more temperate regions, and especially in the neighborhood of the Cape, the ostrich sits like other birds, always choosing the most retired and solitary places. Her nest consists merely of a pit of about three feet in diameter, dug in the sand, which is thrown up around it so as to form an elevated margin. At some little distance are usually placed, each in a separate cavity in the sand, a number of rejected eggs, which are said to be intended to serve as nutriment for the young brood as soon as hatched; a most remarkable instance of foresight, if truly stated, but not yet confirmed beyond the possibility of doubt. THE EMEU. In the vocabulary of the early Portuguese navigators, the name of Emeu was applied to a gigantic bird of the ostrich family, inhabiting the peninsula of Malacca and the great chain of islands to the south and east. This denomination has, however, been long superseded by that of cassowary, derived from its native Malayan appellation. On the other hand, the bird now before us was named by naturalists, on its first discovery, the New Holland cassowary, to indicate its close affinity to the Asiatic species. But the colonists of New South Wales having adopted for the Australian bird the name of emeu, now no longer otherwise appropriated, and naturalists in general having of late years sanctioned this transfer of an abandoned title, there can be no objection to its retention, and no risk of any future confusion in the synonyme arising from the change. The characters of this genus, which may now be regarded as firmly established, are as follows: --It has a straight bill, very much..show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662811X
  • 9781236628114