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THIS—the twenty-third volume of the Contemporary Science Series—is an English edition of a good book. It is not merely a translation, but a revised and enlarged edition, to which numerous bibliographical references have been added. By this addition the work has gained considerably in value; for such references are not only useful to the student who desires to increase his knowledge of any matter broached in the book, but they also furnish a means of estimating the weight of the many stories of animal intelligence and instinct contained in it. The first chapters of the book deal with those industries of animals of which the object is the search for prey. These industries are necessarily connected with protective effects providing for the immediate safety of the individual. A number of examples are then given, to show that “social species unite for the common security the forces and effects which they can derive from their own organs.” The art among animals of collecting provisions, of domesticating and exploiting flocks, and of reducing their fellows to slavery, is well described, and, finally, the series of modifications which the dwelling undergoes is investigated.

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