We doubled the south-west extremity of Albemarle Island, and thenext day were nearly becalmed between it and Narborough Island. The choice green parcels were now laid ona cloth of banana leaves, and with a cocoa-nut shell we drank thecool water of the running stream; and thus we enjoyed our rusticmeal. By this road I ascended to a considerable elevation,and obtained a good view of the surrounding woods. I have myself published separate volumes on the "Structure andDistribution of Coral Reefs"; on the "Volcanic Islands visitedduring the Voyage of the 'Beagle'"; and on the "Geology of SouthAmerica. Although flying from flower to flower insearch of food, its stomach generally contained abundant remains ofinsects, which I suspect are much more the object of its searchthan honey. As the whole landscape is thus coloured, it has asombre, dull appearance; nor is it often enlivened by the rays ofthe sun. I never returned from these excursions empty-handed. When in this state the meat is, of course, quiteuneatable; but the Gauchos assert, that if buried for some time infresh earth, the taint is removed. When wereached the crest and looked backwards, a glorious view waspresented. Causes of extinction of species among mammalia. This fact, which has been doubted, is quite true;I have seen them several times with their heads backwards in acompletely inverted position. Tres Montes. Gervais states that theDidelphis crancrivora is found there. " This is an appearance which Ihave never observed in the temperate zones. Hamilton see "Transactions of British Association"1840. )San Carlos, Chiloe. Man, antiquity of. This Tahitianparliament lasted for several hours; and when it was over CaptainFitz Roy invited Queen Pomarre to pay the "Beagle" a visit. The Sierra de la Ventanais visible at an immense distance; and a Gaucho told me that he wasonce riding with an Indian a few miles to the north of the RioColorado, when the Indian commenced making the same loud noise,which is usual at the first sight of the distant tree, putting hishand to his head, and then pointing in the direction of the Sierra. The most remarkable instance I have
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- Fall '18
- Galapagos Islands, Tierra del Fuego, Volcanic Islands, Narborough Island, Albemarle Island