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"Thus the encrinites, the belemnites, the orthoceratites, the ostracites, the terebratules, etc., all animals which habitually live at the bottom, found for the most part among the fossils deposited on the point of the globe in question, are unimpeachable witnesses which attest that this same place was once part of the bottom or great depths of the sea."
I give to this second kind of fossil the name of _silicious fossils_, and examples of this kind are the different oysters ( 'des ostracites'), many terebratulæ ( 'des terebratulites'), trigoniæ, ammonites, echinites, encrinites, etc.
The ridge of hills w hich borders the high road between Bern and Thun contains in several places, and particularly above Musingen, an extensive strata of ostracites, some pieces of which weigh more 'than fifteen pounds each.