Comparisons of structure in animals. The hand and the arm

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Religious Tract Society, 1799 - Extremities (Anatomy) - 192 pages

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Page 125 - But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Page 19 - O Lord, how manifold are thy works ! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
Page 58 - And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Page 86 - But it must not be supposed they have the power of elevating themselves in the air, after having left their native element ; for, on watching them,' I have often seen them fall much below the elevation at which they first rose from the water, but never in any one instance could I observe them raise themselves from the height at which they first sprang ; for I regard the elevation they take to depend on the power of the first spring or leap they make on leaving their native element.
Page 5 - Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
Page 20 - He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Page 46 - The tree being thus partly undermined and firmly grappled with, the muscles of the trunk, the pelvis and hind limbs, animated by the nervous influence of the unusually large spinal cord, would combine their forces with those of the anterior members in the efforts at prostration. And now let us picture to ourselves the massive frame of the Megatherium, convulsed with the mighty wrestling, every...
Page 56 - In the horse, as in most quadrupeds, the speed results from the strength of the loins and hinder extremities, for it is the muscles there which propel the animal. But were the anterior extremities joined to the trunk firmly, and by bone, they could not withstand the shock from the descent of the whole weight thrown forwards; even though they were as powerful as the posterior extremities, they would suffer fracture or dislocation. We cannot but admire, therefore, the provision in all quadrupeds whose...
Page 179 - When both approach each other, they often twist their tails together, and struggle to separate, or attach themselves to the weeds. This is done by the under part of their cheeks or chin, which is also used for raising the body when a new spot is wanted for the tail to entwine afresh. The eyes move independently of each other, as in the chameleon : this, with the brilliant, changeable iridescence about the head, and its blue bands, forcibly remind the observer of that animal.
Page 179 - Hippocampus brevirostris, then healthy and active, which had been living twelve days in a glass vessel ; their actions equally novel and amusing. An appearance of search for a resting place induced me, says Mr. Lukis, to consult their wishes by placing seaweed and straws in the vessel ; the desired effect was attained, and has afforded me much to reflect upon in their habits. They now exhibit many of their peculiarities, and few subjects of the deep have displayed in prison more sport or more intelligence.

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