Those animals are only members of the genus Balaenoptera furnished with dorsal fins, and like sperm whales, they’re generally smaller than the bowhead whale.”
The typical animal of this group soon became the horse.
The prevailing animals in the spreading woods of Europe were the royal stag, the great ox, and the bison; the mammoth and the musk ox had gone.
These animals were peccaries, belonging to one of the four genera, which make up that family.
An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism.
This writer went through all the usual topics ofEuropean moralists, showing “how diminutive, contemptible, andhelpless an animal was man in his own nature; how unable to defendhimself from inclemencies of the air, or the fury of wild beasts:how much he was excelled by one creature in strength, by another inspeed, by a third in foresight, by a fourth in industry.”
And must not an animal be a lover of learning who determines what he likes and dislikes by the test of knowledge and ignorance?
Hairless dogs have imperfect teeth; long-haired and coarse-haired animals are apt to have, as is asserted, long or many horns; pigeons with feathered feet have skin between their outer toes; pigeons with short beaks have small feet, and those with long beaks large feet.
The man-animals were gods unmistakable and unescapable.
In truth, this animal is a living fishhook, promising wealth and happiness to the greenest fisherman in the business.
Now then, the sea is precisely their best medium, the only setting suitable for the breeding and growing of such giants—next to which such land animals as elephants or rhinoceroses are mere dwarves.
In the Northland, the only domesticated animal was the dog.
But the other animals--the squirrels, and quail, and cottontails, were creatures of the Wild who had never yielded allegiance to man.
One animal no less hideous, which I encountered several times, was the enormous crab that Mr. Darwin observed, to which nature has given the instinct and requisite strength to eat coconuts; it scrambles up trees on the beach and sends the coconuts tumbling; they fracture in their fall and are opened by its powerful pincers.
Now, for all the reasons put forward to this point, I believed that this animal was a member of the branch Vertebrata, class Mammalia, group Pisciforma, and finally, order Cetacea.
The composite animal in Book IX is an allegory of the parts of the soul.