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An Account of the Interior of Ceylon, and of Its Inhabitants; With Travels in That Island (Paperback) Loot Price: R466 Discovery Miles 4 660
An Account of the Interior of Ceylon, and of Its Inhabitants; With Travels in That Island (Paperback): John Davy
An Account of the Interior of Ceylon, and of Its Inhabitants; With Travels in That Island (Paperback): John Davy

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John Davy

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: 78 CHAPTER III. SNAKES EXPERIMENTS ON THEIR POISON. CEYLON LEECH. It is not my intention, in this work, to give an account of any of the plants of Ceylon; and, of its animals I propose to treat very briefly, restricting myself to such notices as appear to me new, or promise to be useful. It is natural to enquire, do the same animals occur in Ceylon as on the adjoining continent of India In respect to the mammalia, I am not aware that any species unknown on the continent is to be found in Ceylon, though there are several unknown in the latter, that are common on the continent; for instance, the royal tiger, the wolf, and different species of antelope. From the absence of these animals, it has been argued by some, that Ceylon was never an integral part of India. But the circumstance of the majority of the mammalia of the continent and of the island being the same, is a better reason to suppose, that they were once united and that the narrow and shallow strait which now separates them, was formed at a period not very remote in the history of our globe. Indeed, no one who looks at a map, and sees the little distance between the nearest points of the island and continent, and how, by the chain of rocks and sand-banks, commonly called Adam's Bridge, they are still imperfectly connected, can entertain much doubt, that the connection was once perfect. This enquiry is rather curious than useful. It would be much more useful, to endeavour to complete that which nature has begun, and make the channel, which is now so obstructed and dangerous, clear and safe, and fit for the purposes of coast-navigation. The accomplishment of this is said to be impossible. It may be so; yet I cannot help thinking, that the decision has been rather hasty and premature, and made from imperfect...

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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: John Davy
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 8mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 978-1-4588-0986-5
Barcode: 9781458809865
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-4588-0986-2

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