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A Text-book of General Zoology

Nature volume 74, page 633 (25 October 1906) | Download Citation



THIS addition to the long shelf of text-books of zoology has some fresh features. Practical experience has led the authors to begin with the Arthropods, work to the Protozoa, and then ascend the vertebrate series. The study of insects has been found the best introduction to the broad problems of zoology, and in the earlier chapters a modified inductive method is pursued. About half-way through the book, after the student has become familiar with systems of organs, he is introduced to physiological principles, illustrated with special reference to the earthworm. Throughout the book prominence is given to the study of animal behaviour and the environmental conditions. Thus there is a feeling of fresh air through the chapters. The authors have reacted from the position of identifying zoology with comparative anatomy, and the introduction to the science which they have presented seems to us, not only interesting, but educationally wholesome. Most of the illustrations are original, and many of them are beautiful.

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