Does the Rabbit Chew the Cud?

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SOME years ago my attention was directed to a paper by Morot (1882)1 (carefully abstracted by A. V. Wille2). It seems to have been overlooked in physiological literature. Since his results seemed strange, I carried out some experiments to test them.

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    Morot, Ch., "Des pelotes stomacal des léporidés," Mém. Soc. centr, méd. vét., 12, Sér. 1 (Paris, 1882).

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    Wille, V. A., "Does the Hare Chew the Cud?" (London, 1932).

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    Winterstein, H., "Handbuch vergl. Physiologie," 2, "Physiologie des Stoffwechsels", 1–1493 (1911).

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    Krzywanek, W., "Vergleichende Untersuehungen über die Mechanik der Verdauung" (2–4), Arch. Tierheilk., 55, 523–536, Fig. 15; 537–556, Fig. 25; 56, 49–61, Fig. 6 (Berlin, 1927).

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    Hemmingsen, A. M., and Krarup, N. B., "Rhythmic Diurnal Variations in the strous Phenomena of the Rat and their Susceptibility to Light and Dark", Kgl. D. Vidensk. Selsk. Biol. Medd. (XIII), 7, 1–61 (1937).

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MADSEN, H. Does the Rabbit Chew the Cud?. Nature 143, 981–982 (1939) doi:10.1038/143981b0

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