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“Why did the entire order Edentata all twenty species of armadillo, including the extinct giant armadillo, all six species of sloth, including extinct giant sloths, and all four species of anteater troop off unerringly for South America, leaving not a rack behind, leaving no hide nor hair nor armour plate of settlers somewhere along the way?”
“Did man, after his first inroad into South America, destroy, as has been suggested, the unwieldy Megatherium and the other Edentata?”
“Macrauchenia, the existing small Edentata of their numerous gigantic prototypes?”
“The relationship, though distant, between the Macrauchenia and the Guanaco, between the Toxodon and the Capybara, — the closer relationship between the many extinct Edentata and the living sloths, ant-eaters, and armadillos, now so eminently characteristic of South American zoology, — and the still closer relationship between the fossil and living species of Ctenomys and Hydrochærus, are most interesting facts.”
“The Edentata, now confined to South America and the western coast of Africa, were also numerous in the Southern”
“The Edentata, being proved (as I hold) to have been mere temporary migrants into North America in the post-Pliocene epoch, form no part of its Tertiary fauna.”
“Lastly, the wonderful law of the long endurance of allied forms on the same continent, of marsupials in Australia, of Edentata in America, and other such cases, is intelligible, for within the same country the existing and the extinct will be closely allied by descent.”
“Within nearly this same period (as proved by the shells at Bahia Blanca) South America possessed, as we have just seen, a mastodon, horse, hollow-horned ruminant, and the same three genera (as well as several others) of the Edentata.”
“Cetacea (whales) and Edentata (armadilloes, scaly ant-eaters, &c.,) are likewise on the whole the most abnormal in their teeth; but there are so many exceptions to this rule, as Mr. Mivart has remarked, that it has little value.”
“Can we believe that the Capybara has taken the food of the Toxodon, the Guanaco of the Macrauchenia, the existing small Edentata of their numerous gigantic prototypes?”
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