UntitledConquering the Air6. The last great haunt of life is the air, a mastery of which must beplaced to the credit of insects, Pterodactyls, birds, and bats. Thesehave been the successes, but it should be noted that there have beenmany brilliant failures, which have not attained to much more thanparachuting. These include the Flying Fishes, which take leaps from thewater and are carried for many yards and to considerable heights,holding their enlarged pectoral fins taut or with little more than aslight fluttering. There is a so-called Flying Frog (_Rhacophorus_) thatskims from branch to branch, and the much more effective Flying Dragon(_Draco volans_) of the Far East, which has been mentioned already.Among mammals there are Flying Phalangers, Flying Lemurs, and morebesides, all attaining to great skill as parachutists, and illustratingthe endeavour to master the air which man has realised in a way of hisown.
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