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Matthews gave so bad an account of theconduct of the Fuegians, that Captain Fitz Roy determined to takehim back to the "Beagle"; and ultimately he was left at NewZealand, where his brother was a missionary. Some of our officerslikewise saw a herd apparently drinking the briny fluid from asalina near Cape Blanco. Matthews; of whom and of thenatives, Captain Fitz Roy has published a full and excellentaccount. ") The teeth indicate,by their simple structure, that these Megatheroid animals lived onvegetable food, and probably on the leaves and small twigs oftrees; their ponderous forms and great strong curved claws seem solittle adapted for locomotion, that some eminent naturalists haveactually believed that, like the sloths, to which they areintimately related, they subsisted by climbing back downwards ontrees, and feeding on the leaves. At length wereached that which from a distance appeared like a carpet of finegreen turf, but which, to our vexation, turned out to be a compactmass of little beech-trees about four or five feet high. From this character, from the lengthof its legs, scratching feet, membranous covering to the nostrils,short and arched wings, this bird seems in a certain degree toconnect the thrushes with the gallinaceous order. These Antipodes call to one's mind oldrecollections of childish doubt and wonder. --According to the true scale, thedepths of the lagoon-channel
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  • Spring '18
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