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The relationship, though distant, between the Macrauchenia and theGuanaco, between the Toxodon and the Capybara,--the closerrelationship between the many extinct Edentata and the livingsloths, ant-eaters, and armadillos, now so eminently characteristicof South American zoology,--and the still closer relationshipbetween the fossil and living species of Ctenomys and Hydrochaerus,are most interesting facts. Why, on thesesmall points of land, which within a late geological period musthave been covered by the ocean, which are formed of basaltic lava,and therefore differ in geological character from the Americancontinent, and which are placed under a peculiar climate,--why weretheir aboriginal inhabitants, associated, I may add, in differentproportions both in kind and number from those on the continent,and therefore acting on each other in a different manner--why werethey created on American types of organisation? It is probable thatthe
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