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. God's two books; or, Plain facts about evolution, geology, and the Bible . Cycloids Miocene. LEBIAS CEPHALOTES from the French 152 GODS TWO BOOKS Dana explains the matter somewhat in the followinglanguage:— Vertebrate animals, as fishes, reptiles, etc., which fall topieces when the animal portion is removed, require speedy burial afterdeath toescape destruc-tion from thissource [de-c o m positionand chemicalsolution fromair, rain-water,etc. ] as wellas from ani-m a 1s thatwould preyupon them.—A/a nuaWpage 141. These car-casses of landanimalsbrought downby the riversare evidentlydevoured b yf

. God's two books; or, Plain facts about evolution, geology, and the Bible . Cycloids Miocene. LEBIAS CEPHALOTES from the French 152 GODS TWO BOOKS Dana explains the matter somewhat in the followinglanguage:— Vertebrate animals, as fishes, reptiles, etc., which fall topieces when the animal portion is removed, require speedy burial afterdeath toescape destruc-tion from thissource [de-c o m positionand chemicalsolution fromair, rain-water,etc. ] as wellas from ani-m a 1s thatwould preyupon them.—A/a nuaWpage 141. These car-casses of landanimalsbrought downby the riversare evidentlydevoured b yf Stock Photo
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. God's two books; or, Plain facts about evolution, geology, and the Bible . Cycloids Miocene. LEBIAS CEPHALOTES from the French 152 GODS TWO BOOKS Dana explains the matter somewhat in the followinglanguage:— Vertebrate animals, as fishes, reptiles, etc., which fall topieces when the animal portion is removed, require speedy burial afterdeath toescape destruc-tion from thissource [de-c o m positionand chemicalsolution fromair, rain-water,etc. ] as wellas from ani-m a 1s thatwould preyupon them.—A/a nuaWpage 141. These car-casses of landanimalsbrought downby the riversare evidentlydevoured b yfishes before they have time to be buried by sediment. If a vertebrate fishshould die a natural death, which of itself must be a rare oc-currence, the carcass would soon be devoured whole or bitby bit by other creatures near by. Possibly the lower jaw,or the teeth, spines, etc., in the case of sharks, or a bone. PLATAX ALTISSIMUS A Ctenoid of Monte Bolca (Eocene) GODS TWO BOOKS 153 or two of the skeleton, might be buried unbroken, but awhole vertebrate fish entombed in a modern deposit is surelya unique occurrence. But every geologist knows that theremains of fishes are, in countless millions of cases, foundin an excellent state of preservation. They are literallyentombed in whole shoals, with the beds containing themmiles on miles in extent, and scattered over every portionof the globe. Thus Buckland, in speaking of the fossils of Monte Bolca,which are quite typical of other cases, says: — The skeletons of these fish he parallel to the laminae ofthe strata of the calcareous slate; they are always entire,and so closely packed on one another that many individualsare often contained in a single block. . All these fishmust have died suddenly on this fatal spot, and have beenspeedily buried in the calcareous sediment then in the courseof deposition. From the fact that certain individuals ha

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