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On the Present State of our Knowledge of Geographical Zoology


    WE have received a copy of Mr. Sclater's address as President of the Biological Section of the British Association, at its meeting last year, at Bristol. At the time when it was delivered we had the opportunity of presenting it in full to our readers (vide NATURE, vol. xii. p. 374, et. seq.). In the independent form now under notice it has added to it a most important appendix, namely, a list of all the works and memoirs referred to in its various sections. When we say that these are more than 420 in number, a fair estimate may be formed of the labour which must have been involved in their collection and classification. Exact references are a most valuable aid to biological research, and prevent the waste of much time during special investigations, and on the subject of the geographical distribution of vertebrated animals, this address of Mr. Sclater's supplies all that can be wanted by anyone either reviewing the subject as a whole, or desiring to obtain the best information on the zoology of any special locality.

    On the Present State of our Knowledge of Geographical Zoology.

    By P. L. Sclater. Being the Presidential Address delivered to the Biological Section of the British Association. (London, Printed by Taylor and Francis: 1875.)

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