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( NOV 16 1942 By E T. DRAPER.
No. XXII.-TRANSPARENT SECTION OF Tooth OF ANT-EATER.
FULL exposition of In the beautiful sections as now prepared for
made transversely, the pulp cavity, the dentine, and The teeth of enamel only would be revealed ; such a preparation vertebrates greatly discloses a typical condition of the parts, but without differ in character, deviating from the fundamental principle, varieties
in the disposition of and modifications are found in lamination, solidity, the tissues, structure, position, numbers, and adap contour, and distribution of the tissues. These tability, not only for seizing and macerating food, diversities are found in every class, and extended but as weapons of defence, attack, and instruments or modifications in species. tools subservient to the economy, and habits of the It is common knowledge that the horns of some animal. They also denote age, sex, and are curiously animals, as the rhinoceros, are formed of a dense adapted to the quality and character of food ; to meet compressed mass of hairs, and the component parts these and many other exigencies, their structures and of these compacted structures are easily distinguished condition necessarily divaricate into differences, to by the microscope. Such cohesions are found in such an extent as to be subservient to use and func | teeth, as seen in the plate. An infinite number, each tions; the shape, character and organisation of a with its distinctive character, may be aggregated tooth raises it to the importance of a zoological | into one mass ; to external appearance it is a single touchstone and element in classification, reaching the tooth ; on microscopical examination it is found to be deepest researches of the palæontologist ; every class a multitude locked together. This peculiar compound of the vertebrata—fossil or recent-may be distin intertexture is common in the class of fishes, but some. guished by the moulding and contexture of this organ; what rare in the mammalia. The object depicted in notwithstanding that in the complex creatures of the plate is an instance of this peculiarity, and is past ages, strange approximations, and combinations thus described by Professor Sir R. Owen. of class, exist; the recognition of an extinct Batra “Each tooth of the Cape Ant-eater (orycteropus) chian, the Labyrinthodon, was determined by the presents a simple form, is deeply set in the jaw, but character of the convoluted folds of the dentine of its without dividing into fangs; its broad and flat base tooth.
is porous like the section of a common cane. The No. 250.-OCTOBER 1885.
canals to which these pores lead contain processes of in the evening on July 18th, in the broad daylight, a vascular pulp, and are the centres of radiation of and some little time before sunset, the writer's attenas many independent dentinal tubules. Each tooth, tion was attracted by what, at a distance, appeared in fact, consists of congeries of long and slender to be a number of swallows hawking vigorously prismatic denticles of dentine, which are cemented for insects in the neighbourhood of a group of trees. together by their ossified capsules, this columnar On getting nearer to them they were found to be denticle slightly decreasing in diameter, and occasion bats, from 12 to 20 in number, of the great bat ally bisurcating as they approach the grinding surface (Scotophilus noctula). I am aware that there was of the tooth.”
nothing very extraordinary in the number seen The drawing represents a transverse section from together of a bat which is known to be remarkably the thickest part of a molar, and meeting the above gregarious, especially in its winter quarters. Indeed, description, displays, in the separating lines, the | it is I believe on record, that the large number of columnar denticles; in the centre, the pulp cavity, | 185 were taken from beneath the eaves of Queen's and in the intervening spaces the radiating dentinal College, Cambridge, in one night, and 63 the tubules, the whole showing a curious example of a following night. I have included the reference to it number of elementary teeth locked together, in fact, a in these notes as a confirmation of the curious fact, compound tooth built of many into one uniform mass. that this particular species of cheiroptera, which has
An interesting and singular example of a similar been singled out from about fifteen species to receive disposition of parts may be seen in a horizontal section the distinctive name Noctula, is remarkable for the of the incisor of a lemur, with the difference that a very opposite peculiarity of coming out by daylight, space exists between each denticle; although a com- and earlier in the evening than any other species! bined tooth, they stand out alone, as free processes It would have been singular indeed, if such an from the base to the crown, without adhesion; con exceptionally hot and dry summer had not produced sequently a transverse section cuts them into separate some effect in that universe of “scales, legs, and and distinct pieces, each (as regards structure) a tooth
wings, and beautiful things” which make up the in itself.
interesting domain of entomology. But passing over Sections of teeth should be prepared and mounted the unusual abundance of the common house-fly and to meet every possible appliance for illumination. the earwig, my notes refer chiefly to the lepidoptera. Crouch End.
A passing notice must however also suffice for the exceptional numbers of the pretty orange-tip butterfly (Anthocaris cardamines), the variously coloured
species of the Satyridæ, and the “blues,” such as LEAVES FROM MY NOTE-BOOK FOR 1884. | the charming little Polyommatus Adonis, to make By A. Kingston.
room for a fuller reference to the fortunes of the
better known Pieris brassica, or large white butterfly. [Continued from p. 131.]
In the autumn of 1883, the caterpillar of this THE most notable circumstance during the month butterfly was so abundant, that if this could have
1 of May was the remarkable contrast between the been conclusive evidence, horticulturists might have severe frost at the latter end of April, and the feared a direful visitation of white butterflies in 1884. summer heat which prevailed as early as from the But “there's many a slip,” &c., even in butterfly gth to the 12th of May. On the latter day the
economy. Probably owing to the absence of that thermometer registered 80 degrees in the shade, peculiarly succulent condition of the cabbage tribe, while a correspondent from Doncaster gave a record which is so essential to this caterpillar's comfort, the for that day of 112 degrees in the sun, and it was larva of the large white butterfly was as remarkable certainly considerably upwards of 100 degrees in the
for its absence last autumn as it had been for its sun, in many other places about mid-day on the 12th. abundance the previous year. In 1883, at one
Few things in the botanical world were more particular spot where the writer has been accustomed remarkable, in the phenomenally dry summer of 1884, to watch their interesting transformations, about a than the superabundance of the common red poppy | score of caterpillars of this butterfly took up their (Papaver Rhæas), which brightened up many a broad positions and strapped themselves up to await the stretch of cornfield with its ruddy glow, and in many coming spring. But last autumn only one caterpillar cases outshining the green corn and producing a was seen there, and the busy little ichneumon made heavy crop of itself, which afforded employment to a short work of that one. Yet the conditions were number of young people and casual hands in collect just the same as to plants of the cabbage tribe ing the flowers for use in drug distilleries.
within a similar distance. I mention the latter point From scarlet poppies to bats may seem a far cry, as having some bearing upon the interesting question but, on a summer's evening at least, it need only be of butterfly instinct. It is perhaps too often assumed a question of looking up or down, so far as one of that the butterfly, having deposited its eggs on some these curious “Alying animals” is concerned. Early object suitable for the food of its caterpillar, bas