It will be much more convenient to discuss this question in the chapter on the Imperfection of the geological record; and I will here only state that I believe the answer mainly lies in the record being incomparably less perfect than is generally supposed; the imperfection of the record being chiefly due to organic beings not inhabiting profound depths of the sea, and to their remains being embedded and preserved to a future age only in masses of sediment sufficiently thick and extensive to withstand an enormous amount of future degradation; and such fossiliferous masses can be accumulated only where much sediment is deposited on the shallow bed of the sea, whilst it slowly subsides.
Since the grocery was closed, I was forced to patronise the restaurant I had shunned before; a stooped, narrow-headed man with staring, unwinking eyes, and a flat-nosed wench with unbelievably thick, clumsy hands being in attendance.
Though still thick overhead, it dissolved, below, and soon all the island appeared, as from a cloud.
It was unusually thick, quite unlike ordinary notepaper.
He was dressed in dark-blue serge, and had peculiarly thick, coarse, black hair.
They could then see the faint summer fogs in layers, woolly, level, and apparently no thicker than counterpanes, spread about the meadows in detached remnants of small extent.
From all the cells, both those just commenced and those completed, being thus crowned by a strong coping of wax, the bees can cluster and crawl over the comb without injuring the delicate hexagonal walls, which are only about one four-hundredth of an inch in thickness; the plates of the pyramidal basis being about twice as thick.
Any effort to leave the canoe seemed pointless—there was little solid ground, much quicksand, and the grass was impenetrably thick.
Now, all our lines are EQUALLY and INFINITESIMALLY thick (or high, whichever you like); consequently, there is nothing in them to lead our minds to the conception of that Dimension.
The tone in which this word was uttered was all Troy heard the dull determination in Boldwood's voice, looked at his stalwart frame, then at the thick plainly; and understand, I don't wish to enter into the "I was engaged to be married to Miss Everdene," said Boldwood, "but you came and -- -- " "Not engaged."
Some of the gaps between those layers were barely thick as fingernails; others looked wide enough to stack bodies.
Nothing but two jumpsuits, a pouch for toiletries, and a disconnected fiberop umbilicus half as thick as my little finger, floating like a roundworm in formalin.
4 the diagonals must be definitely thicker than the parallel horizontal lines, if those are to appear not parallel.
The case appeared to be enormously thick, and it was possible that the faint sounds we heard represented a noisy tumult in the interior.
The house is very large and of all periods back, I should say, to mediæval times, for one part is of stone immensely thick, with only a few windows high up and heavily barred with iron.