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These fissures are broad in their lower parts, but little is known of their upper range; and whoever will examine their banks carefully will do an important work fCl' science. Indeed, very little is known accurately J)f the beology of Brazil. On the geological maps almost the whole country is represented as consisting of granite. VOYAGE FROM NEW YORK TO RIO DE JAl~IRO. " Upon this followed some account of the different kinds of valley formation and of terraces. "Do the old terraces ahove the rivers of South America correspond to the river terraces on any of our rivers, - those of the Connecticut, for instance, - showing that their waters had formerly a much greater depth and covered a much wider bottom?
1 26 A JOURNEY IN BRAZIL. he will work out the whole; and so I believe when the laws of embryological development are better understood, naturalists will have a key to the limit of these cycles of growth, and be able to appoint them their natural boundaries even from parti~l data. " Next in importance I would place the Tapirs. This is one of a family whose geological antecedents arc very important and interesting. The Mastodons, the Palmotherium, the Dinotherinm, and other large Mammalia of the Tertiaries, are closely related to the Tapir.
Should we, therefore, on examining the ovary of a turtle, find that these scars are fresh, we may infer that the season for laying is not over; or if we find some of the eggs much larger than the rest and nearly mature, we shall know that it is about to begin. How far this will hold good with respect to alligators and other animals I do not know. I have learned to recognize these signs ill the turtles from my long study of their embryology. With fishes it could hardly be po sible to distinguish the different sets of eggs because they lay such numbers, and they are all so small.
A Journey in Brazil by Louis Agassiz; Elizabeth Cary Agassiz