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The Article “Birds” in “Encyclopædia Britannica”



MR. GARROD'S article on the new edition of the “Encyclopædia Britannica” in last week's NATURE contains the following passage:- “As another example of the different teaching of the artificial and the natural classifications, the Swifts (Cypselidæ) and the Humming Birds (Trochilidæ) may be referred to. These two groups, from the details of their internal structure when examined one by one, are most certainly related as intimately as are the Woodpeckers with the Toucans. There is, in fact, not a family difference between them, and yet, from their palates, Professors Huxley and Parker place them in quite different divisions, because the vomer is truncated in the one and pointed in the other.”

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