By David Rains Wallace
I believe the largest sadness I had with this booklet was once the shortcoming of images. definite, in part my fault simply because i did not discover that there have been in basic terms 18 black and white illustrations, but if a e-book makes use of very well-known work of art as a place to begin after which does not have 1 colour photograph of the work of art, i'm disillusioned. the images from the Age of Mammals have been muddy at best.
The writing was once normal. Wallace isn't any stylist yet he's a great author conveying technical information.
I picked up this e-book after I learn a piece of writing on Buffon in average background so i used to be stunned at how Wallace handled him. Now i must be aware of extra approximately Buffon to work out which illustration is extra accurate.
The publication is a few years outdated however the merely factor i spotted used to be the remark that mammals have been small and rat-like throughout the Age of Reptiles. in the earlier 2 years there were a number of huge mammal species came across which co-existed with the dinosaurs. even though no longer megafauna, they have been over 3 ft in size and preyed on dinosaurs.
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Named for the sensitive “bill” with which it probes for food in stream bottoms, the platypus is furry and web-footed like a muskrat, and a nimble swimmer, as I learned at age ten from trying to get a look at one in the Bronx Zoo. Despite its fur and warm-blooded behavior, it was said to lay eggs, and Lamarck had placed it in a new vertebrate class between birds and mammals—the monotremes, “one-holed” animals. Geoffroy and Grant thought its rumored oviparity, single excretory-genital oriﬁce, and apparent lack of mammary glands demonstrated a nature transitional between mammals and reptiles.
His physiological experiments had included repeated attempts—at least once successful— to graft newly extracted human teeth onto living rooster’s heads, and his enthusiasm for more complete human specimens was as persistent, if more circumspect. Coveting the eight-foot skeleton of a circus giant named Charles O’Brien, Hunter had awaited the man’s natural death before bribing the corpse’s custodians to relinquish it, then personally boiled it down in a huge kettle and set the bones up as his museum centerpiece.
Paris, 1822), 3: 38, pl. 66. ably looked like one, although only distantly related to antelope or deer. The third species, A. minus, had the size and proportions of a hare, but, again, only a distant relationship to rabbits. Another fossil, the skeleton of a small clawed mammal, was an even greater departure from living European ones, and it permitted a spectacular demonstration of Cuvier’s anatomical powers. He quickly discerned a similarity to American opossums, but the skeleton’s gypsum matrix hid one proof of its marsupial nature—a pair of pelvic bones thought to support the animal’s pouch.