The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization: The class Mammalia, with specific descriptions by E. Griffith, C. H. Smith, and E. Pidgeon. 1827

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G. B. Whittaker, 1827 - Zoology

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Page 238 - Alceste, who shared his meals with him, and was his chief favourite, although he so nctimcs purloined the grog and the biscuit of his benefactor, he learned to eat with a spoon ; and might be often seen sitting at his cabin door, enjoying his coffee, quite unembarrassed by those who observed him, and with a grotesque and sober air, that seemed a burlesque on human nature. '• Next to the boatswain, I was, perhaps, his most intimate acquaintance.
Page 166 - Negroes, men, women, and children, born in very different climates, and found the lower arm longer than in Europeans, in proportion to the upper arm, and to the height of the body.
Page 239 - ... surface on which he intended to lie uneven ; and having satisfied himself with this part of his arrangement, spread out the sail, and lying down upon it on his back, drew it over his body. Sometimes I preoccupied his bed, and teased him by refusing to give it up. On these occasions he would endeavour to pull the sail from under me, or to force me from it, and would not rest till I had resigned it ; if it was large enough for both, he would quietly lie by my side.
Page 236 - The ears are small, closely resemble the human ear, and have their lower margins in the same line with the external angles of the eyes. " The chest is wide compared with the pelvis ; the belly is very protuberant. The arms are long in proportion to the height of the animal, their span measuring full four feet seven inches and a half. The legs are short compared with the arms. " The hands are long, compared with their width, and with the human hand. The fingers are small and tapering ; the thumb is...
Page 240 - London, he has preferred beer and milk to anything else, but drinks wine and other liquors. •'•' In his attempts to obtain food, he afforded us many opportunities of judging of his sagacity and disposition. He was always very impatient to seize it when held out to him, and became passionate when it was not soon given up, and would chase a person all over the ship to obtain it. I seldom came on deck without sweetmeats or fruit in my pocket, and could never escape his vigilant eye. Sometimes I...
Page 237 - ... as he did with the boys of the ship. Yet the monkeys had evidently a great predilection for his company; for whenever they broke loose, they took. their way to his resting-place...
Page 236 - The nose is confluent with the face, except at the nostrils, which are but little elevated : their openings are narrow and oblique. The mouth is very projecting, and of a roundish mammillary form. Its opening is large, but when closed is marked by little more than a narrow seam. The lips are very narrow, and scarcely perceptible when the mouth is shut. The chin projects less than the mouth : below it, a pendulous membrane gives the appearance of a double chin, and swells out when the animal is angry...
Page 240 - Java was chiefly fruit, especially mangostans, of which he was extremely fond. He also sucked eggs with voracity, and often employed himself in seeking them. On board ship his diet was of no definite kind. He ate readily of all kinds of meat, and especially raw meat ; was very fond of bread, but always preferred fruits, when he could obtain them.
Page 235 - Orang-Outang is of a brownish red colour, and covers his back, arms, legs, and outside of his hands and feet. On the back it is in some places six inches long, and on his arms five. It is thinly scattered over the back of his hands and feet, and is very short. It is directed downwards on the back, upper arm and legs, and upwards on the fore arm.
Page xxxvi - Spiritus intus alit: totamque infusa per artus ' Mens agitat molem, et magno se corpore miscet ' Inde hominum pecudumque genus vitaeque volantum ' Et quae marmoreo fert monstra sub aequore pontus.

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