A Monograph of the British Pleistocene Mammalia, Volumes 1-3

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Palaeontographical Society, 1872 - Mammals, Fossil
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Page xlvii - Eagles, owls, and gulls pursue their prey along the sea-coast; ptarmigan run in troops amongst the bushes; little snipes are busy along the brooks, and in the morasses; the social crows seek the neighbourhood of men's habitations ; and, when the sun shines in spring, one may even sometimes hear the cheerful note of the finch, and in autumn, that of the thrush...
Page 189 - ... to powder in our endeavour to extract it, a rare instance of the teeth occurring in their jaws or gums — The same may be observed of the jaws of the Rh., one portion alone of which was saved — but the teeth of both were numerous and entire.
Page xx - MacEnery gathered some thousands of teeth of the horse and hyena, and in the midst of all were myriads of Rodentia. The earth was saturated with animal matter; it was fat with the sinews and marrow of more wild beasts than would have peopled all the menageries in the world. In one part of the cavern, which has received the name of the
Page 170 - All, that the limehound started, anon with mighty hand Were slain by noble Siegfried the chief of Netherland. No beast could there outrun him, so swift his steed could race; He won from all high praises for mastery in the chace.
Page xlvi - ... the cold. Throughout this area roam Elks, Black Bears, Foxes, Sables, and Wolves, that afford subsistence to the Jakutian and Tungusian fur-hunters. In the northern part countless herds of Reindeer, Elks, Foxes, and Wolverines make up for the poverty of vegetation by the rich abundance of animal...
Page x - ... a fine blade of flint, all united together by sparry cement. " The flints were in all conditions ; from the rounded pebble as it came out of the chalk, to the instruments fabricated from them, as arrow and spear-heads, and hatchets. Some of the flint blocks were chipped only on one side, such as had probably furnished the axes, others...
Page x - The ivory rods and rings, and tongue-shaped fragment, are certainly made from part of the antediluvian tusks that lay in the same cave; and as they must have been cut to their present shape at a time when the ivory was hard, and not crumbling to pieces as it is at present on the slightest touch, we may from this circumstance assume to them a very high...
Page xi - ... rabbit, and hare. In the lower portion of the cave we disinterred fragments of a rude urn, of the coarsest black ware, devoid of ornament, and with the rim turned at right angles, together with a piece of bent iron, which more closely resembles those found strengthening the angles of wooden chests in Roman graves on the banks of the Somme, than anything else we have seen. The accumulation of bones and charcoal prove that the cave was inhabited by man for some considerable time. The interment...
Page xlvii - ... wolves roam over the low grounds. Enormous flights of swans, geese, and ducks arrive in spring, and seek deserts where they may moult and build their nests in safety. Eagles, owls, and gulls pursue their prey along the seacoast; ptarmigan run in troops among the bushes ; little snipes are busy along the brooks and in the morasses ; the social crows seek the...
Page 190 - ... fallen masses. Moreover, there is reason to believe that certain fragments of bone and splinters of teeth, remarkable for their mineralisation, that have been found in the earth now occupying the cavern, were derived from this more ancient deposit ; for they differ essentially from the remains with which they are now associated, being heavier and of a more crystalline structure. Some splinters have assumed the fracture of green-sand chert. So hard, indeed, was one of the canines of bear, that...

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