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acid alcyonite alcyonium animal appears arms articulating surface ascertained asteriae bearing belonged bodies calcareous cavity centre circular circumstance clavicle colour composed concave considerable considered coral corallite curious Derbyshire described discovered disposed edge encrinite encrinus entrochi examination existed external fibres figure fingers flint former fossil fossil corals genus imbedded inch inferior surface labours lamellae lily encrinite lime lime-stone longitudinal madrepore madreporite magnified marble marks mass matrix matter membrane mineralized muriatic acid nature nearly observable obtained opening original ossiculae passing pedicle pelvis pentacrinite pentagonal perpendicular petrifaction Plate XVII polished polypes porpital possess processes ramifying rays remains rendered represented Plate resemblance respecting ridges Rosinus scapulae seen shells shew shewn sides silicious similar spathose species specimen sponge stars stellated stone striae structure substance superior extremities superior surface supposed tentacula termination tion transverse trochites tubes tubipore turbinated madreporite vegetable vertebrae vertebral column Walch whilst Wiltshire zoophytes
Page 79 - ... of strata, effected by subterraneous heat. By this system — by the gradual interchange of situation between land and water, we might account for the mountains of fossil coral which are found at considerable distances from the sea, were it not that so little agreement is observable between the fossil and the recent coral. Had the coral of the mountain and the coral of the sea been constantly the same, it would, indeed, have furnished a powerful evidence of the gradual change of relative place...
Page 181 - A careful examination ascertains the curious fact, that, independent of the number of pieces which may be contained in the vertebral column, and which, from its probable great length, may be very numerous, the fossil skeleton of the superior part of this animal consists of at least twenty-six thousand pieces. To shew this...
Page 77 - Mr. Parkinson had described them as " small round compressed bodies, not exceeding the eighth of an inch in their longest diameters, and horizontally disposed, connected by processes nearly of the fineness of a hair, which pass from different parts of each of these bodies, and are attached to the surrounding ones; the whole of these bodies being thus held in connexion.
Page 353 - DANGEROUS SPORTS, a Tale, addressed to Children, warning them against wanton, careless, or mischievous Exposure to Situations, from which alarming Injuries so often proceed.
Page 284 - ... (those which are supposed to contain the first traces of organic remains.) 6th. That there appears to have been no line of separation between the creation of species now extinct, and of those now existing ; since not only the remains of extinct species, but perhaps of extinct genera, are found, with the remains of species very similar to, if not exactly agreeing with, species known in a recent state.
Page 79 - ... not that so little agreement is observable between the fossil and the recent coral. Had the coral of the mountain and the coral of the sea been constantly the same, it would, indeed, have furnished a powerful evidence of the gradual change of relative place in the strata, which were once covered by the ocean, but which are now thousands of feet above its surface : the gradual receding of the sea would have sufficed for the explanation. But how, according to this theory, shall we explain the disagreement...
Page 78 - Indeed, .so little could this parallel be preserved, so little agreement could be traced between the recent and the fossil corals, that I find myself under the necessity of acknowledging, that I am not certain of the existence of the recent analogue of any really mineralized coral.
Page 182 - Each hand being formed of twofngers, and each finger consisting of at least 40 ossicuhe, these, in 20 fingers, make . . . 800 .«..«.- tentacula, 30 proceeding from each of the 6 bones in each of the ten arms, make . 1,800 30 proceeding, on the average, from each of the 800 bones of the fingers, make : . 24,000 Total . . 26,680...
Page 78 - I find myself under the necessity of acknowledging, that I am not certain of the existence of the recent analogue of any really mineralized coral. This dissimilarity between the creatures of this and the creatures of...