On viewing oneof these isolated masses, at first one is inclined to believe thatit has been suddenly pushed up in a semi-fluid state. These false eagles most rarely kill any living bird oranimal; and their vulture-like, necrophagous habits are veryevident to any one who has fallen asleep on the desolate plains ofPatagonia, for when he wakes, he will see, on each surroundinghillock, one of these birds patiently watching him with an evileye: it is a feature in the landscape of these countries, whichwill be recognised by every one who has wandered over them. CHAPTER VI. I remember having read some observations,showing that in England the leaves fall earlier in a warm and fineautumn than in a late and cold one. " Of this latter statement I soon sawabundant proofs--the whole coast being strewed over with timber andfurniture as if a thousand ships had been wrecked. He fixed the ropes to aprojecting point, and lowered them for our dog and luggage, andthen we clambered up ourselves. )It should be observed that the sections might have been taken inany direction through these islands, or through many otherencircled islands, and the general features would have been thesame. These ebbing wells are common on some ofthe low islands in the West Indies. Ihave described this Bar in detail in the "London and EdinburghPhilosophical Magazine" volume 19 1841 page 257. At the R. In this collection there are extinct species of all the thirty-twogenera, excepting four, of the terrestrial quadrupeds nowinhabiting the provinces in which the caves occur; and the extinctspecies are much more numerous than those now living: there arefossil ant-eaters, armadillos, tapirs, peccaries, guanacos,opossums, and numerous South American gnawers and monkeys, andother animals. The very generaltoleration of foreign religions, the regard paid to the means ofeducation, the freedom of the press, the facilities offered to allforeigners, and especially, as I am bound to add, to every oneprofessing the humblest pretensions to science, should berecollected with gratitude by those who have visited Spanish SouthAmerica. " At this moment a maleostrich sprang from its nest right beneath the horse's nose: theyoung colt bounded on one side like a stag; but as for the man, allthat could be said was, that he started and took fright with hishorse. Plain with embedded shells and fragments of pottery.
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