Natural History and the Ocean 1

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    (1) THIS is a new work on birds by the distinguished ornithologist, Dr. Anton Reichenow, of Berlin, which when completed will consist of two volumes. This, the first, contains a general review of the class Aves, followed by a systematic account of the Ratitae, Natatores, Grallatores, Cutinares (Deserticolae, Crypturi, Rasores, Gyrantes), Raptatores, and Fibulatores. Excellent line sketches illustrating special diagnostic characters are imbedded pleasantly in the text. Each family, with the genera included in it, is concisely characterised and its geographical distribution indicated, while of the species the more important are enumerated often with remarks on those of special interest. When finished “Die Vögel” will form, if not a “handbook,” at least a compact and useful synopsis of systematic ornithology. Unfortunately, like so many German publi cations it can scarcely be said to be “bound,” for with very little provocation it collapses into an inchoate mass of sheets.


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    Natural History and the Ocean 1 . Nature 93, 585–587 (1914) doi:10.1038/093585a0

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