Big Game Hunting in Africa and Other Lands; the Appearance, Habits, Traits of Character and Every Detail of Wild Animal Life

Big Game Hunting in Africa and Other Lands; the Appearance, Habits, Traits of Character and Every Detail of Wild Animal Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...as a living survival of that animal, and assigned it to the genus Helladotherium. This was extraordinarily correct and sound reasoning. It has been abundantly confirmed by careful study of the specimen sent to London excepting that it has seemed necessary to separate the okapi, on account of some minor features in the structure of the skull, from Helladotherium. The okapi is now known as Ocapia Johnstoni. Sir Harry Johnston at once dispatched the okapi's skin and two skulls to the Natural History Museum. He rightly declared this to be the most remarkable discovery in the zoology of Africa made in the last hundred years. The photographs here reproduced show the animal as set up by Mr. Ward and an enlarged view of the head. The shoulder is higher as compared with the rump than in Sir Harry's restoration, and the neck is somewhat longer than it seemed to him, and straight as is that of a giraffe. Probably the okapi, like the giraffe, carries its neck habitually sloping forward so as to give a continuous straight line from the back of the head to the root of the tail. A very interesting feature is the presence of two little tufts on the forehead, which correspond to and represent the horns of the giraffe, though they cannot themselves be called horns. An examination of the skulls of the okapi show that there is no bony outgrowth corresponding to these knobs, although the skull is raised on each side above the orbit into a small domelike eminence. The coloring and marking of the hairy hide of the okapi is very peculiar. Its pattern is well shown in our illustration. The body is of a rich maroonbrown color. The tract of forest inhabited by the okapi is about as big as the principality of Wales, and there may be some 2, 000 or 3, 000 head living there. It is undoubt...This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed.


Title:Big Game Hunting in Africa and Other Lands; the Appearance, Habits, Traits of Character and Every Detail of Wild Animal Life
Author: Axel Lundeberg
Publisher:Rarebooksclub.com - 2012-05
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