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    THE first nineteen parts of this new edition of vol i. of Dr. Bronn's well known and important work on the classes and orders of animals, nearly completing the volume, prove that Prof. Bütschli has spared no pains to keep it. up to the most modern investigations of the Protozoa. In no one division of the animal kingdom has observation gone so hand in hand with discovery as in this, the lowest of her classes. Glancing at the portion treating of the Gregarinida, what strides have been made in our knowledge of these forms within the last ten years. Adopting Leuckart's titles for the class of Sporozoa, under which are the sub-classes Gregarinida, Coccidia, Myxosporidia, and Sarcosporidia, we find 137 pages and eight plates crowded with figures devoted to a sketch of the characteristics of the class with diagnoses of the genera and the number of species, and references to the places where fuller details of these latter will be found. The illustrations are clear and effective, and copied from every available source. The bibliography appears to be well to date, and this volume when complete will be an indispensable handbook for the student of the lower forms of animal life.

    Dr. H. G. Bronn's Klassen und Ordnungen des Thier-Reichs, wissenschaftlich dargestellt in Wort und Bild.

    Erster Band, Protozoa. Neu bearbeitet von Dr. O. Bütschli. (Leipzig and Heidelberg: C. F. Winter, 1880–83.)

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