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Identifier: waterreptilesofp1914will Title: Water reptiles of the past and present Year: 1914 (1910s) Authors: Williston, Samuel Wendell, 1851-1918 Subjects: Aquatic reptiles Publisher: Chicago, Ill., The University of Chicago Press Contributing Library: Boston Public Library Digitizing Sponsor: Boston Public Library
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Text Appearing After Image: Fig. 2.—Removing a specimen of fish in a block from the chalk of western Kansas of years, but frozen fossils are very different from petrified fossils.Flesh decays before it possibly can be petrified, and only rarelyis the residue of flesh, tendons, and skin, that is, the carbon andmineral matters, preserved. One may sometimes restore extinct animals as in life, knowingfully the shape and structure of the skeleton, and still be far fromthe real truth. All elephants.of the present time have a bare ornearly bare skin. If all that we knew of the extinct mammothwere derived from the skeleton we should never have suspected 12 WATER REPTILES OF THE PAST AND PRESENT that the creature was clothed during life with long and abundanthair, such as has been found with the frozen bodies in Siberia.Nor should we suspect that the dromedary and Bactrian camels oftoday have large masses of fat on their backs, if we knew only theirskeletons. It must therefore be remembered that all restorationsof exti
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