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On every side were lyingirregular masses of rock and torn-up trees; other trees, thoughstill erect, were decayed to the heart and ready to fall. , on carrion-hawks. These claws are very thin, andare serrated with the finest teeth, directed backwards: theircurved extremities are flattened, and on this part five most minutecups are placed which seem to act in the same manner as the suckerson the arms of the cuttle-fish. The latter is a solitary tree of its kind, andgrows near the beach, where, without doubt, the one seed was thrownup by the waves. A good cart-roadleads from the coast-settlement to the houses, gardens, and fields,placed near the summit of the central mountain. Three whale-boats and the yawl, with a party of twenty-eight,started under the command of Captain Fitz Roy. CHAPTER VI. I had a letter of introduction to Mr. The thirteen species belong tothe following orders:--In the Coleoptera, a minute Elater;Orthoptera, a Gryllus and a Blatta; Hemiptera, one species;Homoptera, two; Neuroptera, a Chrysopa; Hymenoptera, two ants;Lepidoptera nocturna, a Diopaea, and a Pterophorus (?); Diptera,two species. Lund andClausen in the caves of Brazil, are highly interesting facts withrespect to the geographical distribution of animals. Under thesecircumstances I was curious to observe how far from the parent rockany pebbles could be found. Hence extreme poverty is very common among the labouring classes inthis country. Little can be seen beyond the bare walls of theone grand, flat-bottomed valley, which the road follows up to thehighest crest. One which I shot at Monte Videoweighed ninety-eight pounds: its length, from the end of the snoutto the stump- like tail, was three feet two inches; and its girththree feet eight. Mules. The forests are so impenetrablethat the land is nowhere cultivated except near the coast and onthe adjoining islets. I havebefore described the carrion-vulture of Polyborus. The landscape has a uniform character from the Straitof Magellan, along the whole eastern coast of Patagonia, to the RioColorado; and it appears that the same kind of country extendsinland from this river, in a sweeping line as far as San Luis, andperhaps even farther north. Column 3 : Number of species found in other parts of the world. In another harbour not far distant, a woman, who was suckling arecently-born child, came one day alongside the vessel, andremained there out of mere curiosity, whilst the sleet fell andthawed on her naked bosom, and on the skin of her naked baby! Thesepoor wretches were stunted in their growth, their hideous
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