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´╗┐Title: Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata
Author: Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946
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and Dedicated To Destanie;
With Hopes Her Dream of Becoming A veterinarian Comes True

Special Thanks to Deborah Furness of the University College London
for her help, and research, in learning about this book, and helping
me understand it better. Spellchecked with www.thesolutioncafe.com

Transcriber's Note:

      I try to edit my e-texts so they can easily be used with voice
      speech programs, I believe blind people and children should also
      be able to enjoy the many books now available electronically. I
      use the -- for an em-dash, with a space either before or after
      it depending on its usage. This helps to keep certain programs
      from squishing the words together, such as down-stairs. Also to
      help voice speech programs I've enclosed upper case text
      between - and _ (-UPPER CASE TEXT_), and used underscores to
      show chapter and section headers. I also added a second
      contents that shows the other sections of this e-text. This
      e-text was made with a "Top can" text scanner, with a bit of
      correcting here and there.

      This book is volume one of two. It was later reworked by A. M.
      Davies in 1898 under the title "Text-book of Zoology",
      then revised and rewritten by J. T. Cunningham about 1909 and
      W. H. Leigh-Sharpe around 1932. Although these editions gave
      Wells the main credit, most of Wells' writing and all his
      drawings were removed; only his rough outline seems to have
      been used. It was re-published by University Tutorial Press.

      The First Edition, as well as The Second and Revised Edition
      (with dissections redrawn by Miss A. C. Robbins) are used in this
      e-text. The First Edition had some small minor errors, as well as
      dissection abbreviations that are shown on the Dissection Sheets,
      but no mention of them was listed in the text. Certain figures on
      the Dissections Sheets are missing (such as Figures 1, 2, 4, with
      no mention to a 3, as if Mr. Wells drew a Figure 3 but found it
      was not needed and removed it from the book). Rather then leaving
      it as is, I put {} marks around my notes saying things like
      {No Figure 3}. For the "Second and Revised Edition" Wells was
      able to change some of these errors and missing parts, but many of
      the same printing tablets were used and with almost each addition
      other things were removed, (in one instance one entire section
      from a chapter), and many of the helpful suggestions were
      shortened or removed so other things could be explained more. In
      an ideal version of the book both could have been used, but with
      reprinting the entire book from the first to the second editions
      almost as many things were lost as were gained, so I've tried to
      indicate where both text go separate paths with the following;
      [Second Edition only text] and -First Edition only text,- and also
      {Lines from Second Edition only.} and {Lines from First Edition
      only.} were more then just a sentence is added or removed. Other
      things to notice is how some words are spelt or punctuated
      differently throughout the book, such as;
      Blood Vessels
      I've tried to keep these as close to the original book as possible.

University Correspondence College Tutorial Series.

-Text-Book Of Biology._


H. G. Wells,
Bachelor of Science, London., Fellow of the Zoological Society.
Lecturer in Biology at University Tutorial College.

With An Introduction by G. B. Howes,
Fellow of the Linnean Society, Fellow of the Zoological Society.
Assistant Professor of Zoology, Royal College of Science, London.

Part 1.-- Vertebrata.




The Rabbit--
1. External Form and General Considerations
2. The Alimentary Canal of the Rabbit
3. The Circulation
4. The Amoeba, Cells and Tissue
5. The Skeleton
6. Muscle and Nerve
7. The Nervous System
8. Renal and Reproductive Organs
9. Classificatory Points
10. Questions and Exercises

The Frog--
1. General Anatomy
2. The Skull of the Frog (and the Vertebrate Skull generally)
3. Questions on the Frog

The Dog-Fish--
1. General Anatomy
2. Questions on the Dog-Fish

1. Anatomy
2. The Development of Amphioxus
3. Questions on Amphioxus

The Development of the Frog
The Development of the Fowl
The Development of the Rabbit
The Theory of Evolution
Questions on Embryology

Miscellaneous Questions

Note on Making Comparisons

Syllabus of Practical Work

{Contents part 2}

Key for Dissection Sheets, and Abbreviations


In the year 1884 I was invited to give tuition by correspondence, in
Biology. Although disposed at the time to ridicule the idea of
imparting instruction in natural science by letter, I gladly accepted
the opportunity thus afforded me of ascertaining for myself what
could and could not be accomplished in that direction. Anyone
familiar with the scope of biological enquiry, and the methods of
biological instruction, will not need to be reminded that it is only by
the most rigorous employment of precise directions for observation,
that any good results are to be looked for at the hand of the
elementary student. True to this principle, I determined to issue to
my correspondence pupils rigid instructions, and to demand in return
faithful annotated drawings of facts observed in their usage. In the
case of two among the few students who passed through my hands,
the result far exceeded my most sanguine anticipations. The notes
sent in by one of them-- a man working at a distance, alone and
unaided-- far excelled those wrung from many a student placed
under the most favourable surroundings; and their promise for the
future has been fulfilled to the utmost, the individual in question
being now a recognised investigator. It thus became clear that,
not-with-standing the complex conditions of work in the biological
field, tuition by correspondence would suffice to awaken the latent
abilities of a naturally qualified enquirer. The average members of a
University Correspondence Class will be found neither better nor
worse than those of any other, and they may therefore pass
unnoticed; if however, the correspondence system of tuition may
furnish the means of arousing a latent aptitude, when the
possibilities of other methods of approach are excluded-- and in
so doing, of elevating the individual to that position for which he was
by nature qualified, ensuring him the introduction to the one sphere
of labour for which he was born-- it will have created its own defence,
and have merited the confidence of all right-thinking people. The
plucking of one such brand from the burning is ample compensation
for the energy expended on any number of average dullards, who but
require to be left alone to find their natural level.

Mr. Wells' little book is avowedly written for examination purposes,
and in conformity with the requirements of the now familiar "type
system" of teaching. Recent attempts have been made to depreciate
this. While affording a discipline in detailed observation and
manipulation second to that of no other branch of learning, it
provides for that "deduction" and "verification" by which all science
has been built up; and this appears to me ample justification for its
retention, as the most rational system which can be to-day adopted.
Evidence that its alleged shortcomings are due rather to defective
handling than to any inherent weakness of its own, would not be
difficult to produce. Although rigid in its discipline, it admits of
commentatorial treatment which, while heightening the interest of
the student, is calculated to stimulate alike his ambition and his
imagination. That the sister sciences of Botany and Zoology fall
under one discipline, is expressed in the English usage of the term
"Biology." Experience has shown that the best work in either
department has been produced by those who have acquired on
all-round knowledge of at least the elementary stages of both; and,
that the advanced morphologist and physiologist are alike the better
for a familiarity with the principles-- not to say with the progressive
advancement-- of each other's domain, is to-day undeniable. These
and other allied considerations, render it advisable that the
elementary facts of morphology and physiology should be presented
to the beginner side by side-- a principle too frequently neglected in
books which, like this one, are specially written for the biological
neophyte. Although the student is the wiser for the actual
observation of the fact of nature, he becomes the better only when
able to apply them, as for example, by the judicious construction of
elementary generalizations, such as are introduced into the pages of
this work. So long as these generalizations, regarded as first
attempts to deduce "laws" in the form of "generalized statement of
facts based observation," are properly introduced into an elementary
text-book, intended for the isolated worker cut off from the lecture
room, their intercalation is both healthy and desirable.

Mr. Wells has kept these precepts constantly in mind in the
preparation of his work, and in the formulation of his plans for its
future extension, thereby enhancing the value of the book itself, and
at the same time, discouraging the system of pure cram, which is
alien to the discipline of biological science.

G. B. Howes
Royal College of Science,
South Kensington;
November 30, 1892.


No method of studying-- more especially when the objects of study
are tangible things-- can rival that prosecuted under the direction and
in the constant presence of a teacher who has also a living and vivid
knowledge of the matter which he handles with the student. In the
ideal world there is a plentiful supply of such teachers, and easy
access to their teaching, but in this real world only a favoured few
enjoy these advantages. Through causes that cannot be discussed
here, a vast number of solitary workers are scattered through the
country, to whom sustained help in this form is impossible, or
possible only in days stolen from a needed vacation; and to such
students especially does this book appeal, as well as to those more
fortunate learners who are within reach of orderly instruction, but
anxious to save their teachers' patience and their own time by some
preliminary work.

One of the most manifest disadvantages of book-work, under the
conditions of the solitary worker, is the rigidity of its expressions; if
the exact meaning is doubtful, he can not ask a question. This has
been kept in view throughout; the writer has, above all, sought to be
explicit-- has, saving over-sights, used no uncommon or technical
term without a definition or a clear indication of its meaning.

In this study of Biology, the perception and memory of form is a very
important factor indeed. Every student should draw sketches of his
dissections, and accustom himself to copying book diagrams, in
order to train his eye to perception of details he might otherwise
disregard. The drawing required is within the reach of all; but for
those who are very inexperienced, tracing figures is a useful
preliminary exercise.

By the time the student has read the "Circulation of the Rabbit"
(Sections 34 to 49), he will be ready to begin dissection. It is
possible to hunt to death even such a sound educational maxim as
the "thing before the name," and we are persuaded, by a
considerable experience, that dissection before some such
preparatory reading is altogether a mistake. At the end of the book
is a syllabus (with suggestions) for practical work, originally drawn
up by the writer for his own private use with the evening classes of
the University Tutorial College-- classes of students working mainly
in their spare time for the London examination, and at an enormous
disadvantage, as regards the number of hours available, in
comparison with the leisurely students of a University laboratory.
This syllabus may, perhaps by itself, serve a useful purpose in some
cases, but in this essential part of the study the presence of some
experienced overlooker to advise, warn, and correct, is at first almost

A few words may, perhaps be said with respect to the design of this
volume. It is manifestly modelled upon the syllabus of the
Intermediate Examination in Science of London University. That
syllabus, as at present constituted, appears to me to afford
considerable scope for fairly efficient biological study. The four types
dealt with in this book are extremely convenient for developing the
methods of comparative anatomy and morphological embryology.
Without any extensive reference to related organisms, these four
forms, and especially the three vertebrata, may be made to explain
and illustrate one another in a way that cannot fail to be educational
in the truest sense. After dealing with the rabbit, therefore, as an
organic mechanism, our sections upon the frog and dog-fish, and
upon development, are simply statements of differences, and a
commentary, as it were, upon the anatomy of the mammalian type.
In the concluding chapter, a few suggestions of the most elementary
ideas of it is hoped to make this first part of our biological course
complete in itself, and of some real and permanent value to the
student. And the writer is convinced that not only is a constant
insistence upon resemblances and differences, and their import,
intellectually the most valuable, but also the most interesting, and
therefore the easiest, way of studying animal anatomy. That chaotic
and breathless cramming of terms misunderstood, tabulated
statements, formulated "tips," and lists of names, in which so many
students, in spite of advice, waste their youth is, I sincerely hope, as
impossible with this book as it is useless for the purposes of a
London candidate. On the other hand, our chief endeavour has been
to render the matter of the book clear, connected, progressive, and
easily assimilable. In the second part Plants, Unicellular Organisms,
and Invertebrata will be dealt with, in a wider and less detailed view
of the entire biological province.

   {Lines from First Edition only.}
   -In this volume, we study four organisms, and chiefly in their
   relation to each other; in the next, we shall study a number of
   organisms largely in relation to their environment. In this part
   our key note is the evidence of inheritance; in our second part
   it will be of adaptation to circumstances.-

This book will speedily, under the scrutiny of the critical reader,
reveal abundant weakness. For these the author claims the full
credit. For whatever merit it may posses, he must however,
acknowledge his profound indebtedness to his former teacher,
Professor Howes. Not only has the writer enjoyed in the past the
privilege of Professor Howes' instruction and example, but he has,
during the preparation of this work, received the readiest help,
advise, and encouragement from him-- assistance as generous as it
was unmerited, and as unaffected as it was valuable.

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [The publication of a second and revised edition of this Part affords
   the author an opportunity of expressing his sense of the general
   kindliness of his reviewers, and the help they have him in improving
   this maiden effort. To no one is there vouchsafed such a facility in
   the discovery of errors in a book as to its author, so soon as it has
   passed beyond his power of correction. Hence the general tone of
   encouragement (and in some cases the decided approval) of the
   members of this termination to a period of considerable remorse and

I have been able through their counsel, and the experience I have had
while using this book in teaching, to correct several printer's errors
and to alter various ambiguous or misleading expressions, as well as
to bring the book up to date again in one or two particulars.

My thanks are particularly due to my friend Miss Robbins, who has
very kindly redrawn the occasionally rather blottesque figures of the
first edition. Not only have these plates gained immensely in grace
and accuracy, but the lettering is now distinct-- an improvement that
any student who has had to hunt my reference letters in the first
edition will at once appreciate.

H. G. Wells
November, 1892. {First Edition.}
December, 1893. {Second Edition.}

-The Rabbit._

1. _External Form and General Considerations._

Section 1. It is unnecessary to enter upon a description of the
appearance of this familiar type, but it is not perhaps superfluous, as
we proceed to consider its anatomy, to call attention to one or two
points in its external, or externally apparent structure. Most of our
readers know that it belongs to that one of two primary animal
divisions which is called the vertebrata, and that the distinctive
feature which place it in this division is the possession of a spinal
column or backbone, really a series of small ring-like bones, the
vertebrae (Figure 1 v.b.) strung together, as it were, on the main
nerve axis, the spinal cord (Figure 1 s.c.). This spinal column can be
felt along the neck and back to the tail. This tail is small, tilted up,
and conspicuously white beneath, and it serves as a "recognition
mark" to guide the young when, during feeding, an alarm is given
and a bolt is made for the burrows. In those more primitive (older and
simpler-fashioned) vertebrata, the fishes, the tail is much large and
far more important, as compared with the rest of the body, than it is
in most of the air-inhabiting vertebrates. In the former it is invariably a
great muscular mass to propel the body forward; in the latter it may
disappear, as in the frog, be simply a feather-bearing stump, as in
the pigeon, a fly flicker, as in the cow or horse, a fur cape in squirrel,
or be otherwise reduced and modified to meet special requirements.

Section 2. At the fore end, or as English zoologists prefer to say,
anterior end, of the vertebral column of the rabbit, is of course the
skull, containing the anterior portion of the nerve axis, the brain
(Figure 1 br.). Between the head and what is called "the body," in
the more restricted sense of the word, is the neck. The neck gives
freedom of movement to the head, enables the animal to look this
way and that, to turn its ears about to determine the direction of a
sound, and to perform endless motions in connexion with biting and
so forth easily. We may note that in types which swim through the
water, the neck dose not appear-- in the fish and frog, for instance--
and the head simply widens out as one passes back to the body.
The high resistance offered by water necessitates this tendency to a
cigar or ship outline, just as it has determined the cigar shape of the
ordinary fish torpedo.

Section 3. In the body of the rabbit, as examined from the outside,
we can make out by feeling two distinct regions, just as we might in
the body of a man; anteriorily a bony cage, having the ribs at the
sides, a rod-like bone in the front, the sternum (Figure 1 -st.-, [stm.]),
and the backbone behind, and called the chest or thorax; and
posteriorily a part called the abdomen, which has no bony protection
over its belly, or ventral surface. These parts together with the neck
constitute the trunk. As a consequence of these things, in the
backbone of the rabbit there are four regions: the neck, or cervical
part, consisting of seven vertebrae, the thoracic part of twelve joined to
ribs, the abdominal (also called the lumbar) region of seven without
ribs, and the tail or caudal of about fifteen. Between the lumbar and
caudal come four vertebrae, the sacral, which tend to run together into
a bony mass as the animal grows old, and which form a firm
attachment for the base of the hind limb.

Section 4. The thorax and abdomen are separated by a partition, the
diaphragm (Figure 1 dia.). This structure is distinctive of that class of
the vertebrata called mammals, and which includes man, most of
the larger and commoner land animals, and whales and manatee.
We shall find later that it is essentially connected with the perfection
of the air breathing to which this group has attained. Another
characteristic shared by all mammals, and by no other creature, is
the presence of hair. In birds we have an equally characteristic cover
in the feathers, the frog is naked, and the fishes we find either naked
skins or scales.

Section 5. The short strong fore limbs are adapted to the burrowing
habit, and have five digits; the hind limbs are very much longer and
muscular, enable the animal to progress rapidly by short leaps, and
they have four toes. If the student thinks it worth while to attempt to
remember the number of digits-- it is the fault of examiners if any
value dose attach to such intrinsically valueless facts-- he should
associate the number 54 (5 in front, 4 behind) with the rabbit, and
observe that with the frog the reverse is the case.

Section 6. We may note here the meaning of certain terms we shall
be constantly employing. The head end of the rabbit is anterior, the
tail end posterior, the backbone side of the body-- the upper side in
life-- is dorsal, the breast and belly side, the lower side of the
animal, is ventral. If we imagine the rabbit sawn asunder, as it were,
by a plane passing through the head and tail, that would be the
median plane, and parts on either side of it are lateral, and left or
right according as they lie to the animal's left or right. In a limb, or in
the internal organs, the part nearest the central organ, or axis, is
proximal, the more remote or terminal parts are distal. For instance,
the mouth is anteriorly placed, the tongue on its ventral wall; the
tongue is median, the eyes are lateral, and the fingers are distal to
the elbow. The student must accustom himself to these words, and
avoid, in his descriptions, the use of such terms as "above,"
"below," "outside," which vary with the position in which we conceive
the animal placed.

Section 7. So much for the general form; we may note a few facts of
general knowledge, in connection with the rabbit's life-activity. In a
day of the rabbit's life a considerable amount of work is done-- the
animal runs hither and thither, for instance; in other words, a certain
mass of matter is moved through space, and for that we know force
must be exerted. Whence comes the force?

Section 8. We find the rabbit occupies a considerable amount of its
time in taking in vegetable matter, consisting chiefly of more or less
complex combustible and unstable organic compounds. It is a pure
vegetarian, and a remarkably moderate drinker. Some but only a
small proportion, of the vegetable matter it eats, leaves its body
comparatively unchanged, in little pellets, the faeces, in the process
of defaecation. For the rest we have to account.

Section 9. We find, also, that the rabbit breathes air into its lungs,
which is returned to the atmosphere with a lessened amount of
oxygen, and the addition of a perceptible amount of carbon dioxide.
The rabbit also throws off, or excretes, a fluid, the urine, which
consists of water with a certain partially oxydised substance
containing nitrogen, and called urea, and other less important salts.
The organs within the body, by which the urine is separated, are
called the kidneys.

Section 10. Repeating these facts in other words, the rabbit takes
into its body complex and unstable organic compounds containing
nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, a certain amount of oxygen, a small
quantity of sulphur, and still smaller amounts of other elements. It
also breathes in oxygen.

Section 11. It returns a certain rejected part of its food comparatively
unchanged. Besides this, it returns carbon dioxide and water, which
are completely oxydised, and very simple and stable bodies, and
urea-- a less completely oxydised compound, but a very simple one
compared with the food constituents.

Section 12. Now the chemist tells us that when a stable body is
formed, or when an unstable compound decomposes into simpler
stable ones, force is evolved. The oxydation of carbon, for instance,
in the fireplace, is the formation of the stable compound called
carbon dioxide, and light and heat are evolved. The explosion of
dynamite, again is the decomposition of an unstable compound.
Hence, we begin to perceive that force-- the vital force-- which keeps
the rabbit moving, is supplied by the decomposition and partial
oxydation of compounds continued in its food, to carbon dioxide,
water, urea, and smaller quantities of other substances.

Section 13. This is the roughest statement of the case possible, but it
will give the general idea underlying our next chapters. We shall
consider how the food enters the body and is taken up into the
system, how it is conveyed to the muscles in the limbs, to the nerve
centres, and to wherever work is done, to be there decomposed and
partially oxydised, and finally how the products of its activity-- the
katastases, of which the three principal are carbon dioxide, water,
and urea-- are removed from the body.

Section 14. There are one or two comparatively modern terms that
we may note here. This decomposition of unstable chemical
compounds, releasing energy, is called kataboly. A reverse process,
which has a less conspicuous part in our first view of the animal's life
action, by which unstable compounds are built up and energy
stored, is called anaboly. The katastases are the products of

Section 15. In an ordinary animal, locomotion and other activity
predominate over nutritive processes, which fact we may express, in
the terms just given, by saying that kataboly prevails over anaboly.
An animal, as we have just explained, is an apparatus for the
decomposition and partial oxydation of certain compounds, and
these are obtained either directly or indirectly-- through other animals,
in the case of meat-eaters-- from the vegetable kingdom.
As the student will learn early in his botanical reading, the typical
plant has, in its green colouring matter, chlorophyll, a trap to catch
the radiating energy of the sun, and to accomplish, by the
absorption of that energy, the synthesis (building up) of those
organic compounds which the animal destroys. The typical plant is,
on whole, passive and synthetic, or anabolic; the typical animal,
active and katabolic; and the excess of kataboly over anaboly in the
animal is compensated for by the anabolic work stored up, as it
were, by the plant, which is, directly or indirectly, the animal's food.

2. _The Alimentary Canal of the Rabbit_

Section 16. Figure 1 represents the general anatomy of the rabbit,
but is especially intended to show the alimentary (= food) canal,
shortened to a certain extent, and with the proportions altered, in
order to avoid any confusing complications. It is evidently simply a
coiled tube-- coiled for the sake of packing-- with occasional
dilatations, and with one side-shunt, the caecum (cae.), into which
the food enters, and is returned to the main line, after probably
absorbent action, imperfectly understood at present. A spiral fold in
this cul-de-sac {bottom-of-sack}, which is marked externally by
constrictions, has a directive influence on the circulation of its
contents. The student should sketch Figure 1 once or twice, and
make himself familiar with the order and names of the parts before
proceeding. We have, in succession, the mouth (M.), separated from
the nasal passage (Na.) above the palate; the pharynx (ph.), where
the right and left nasal passages open by the posterior nares into
the mouth; the oesophagus (oes.); the bag-like stomach, its left
(Section 6) end being called the cardiac (cd.st.), and its right the
pyloric end (py.); the U-shaped duodenum (ddnm.) and the very long
and greatly coiled ileum (il.). The duodenum and ileum together form
the small intestine; and the ileum is dilated at its distal end into a
thick-walled sacculus rotundus (s.r.), beyond which point comes the
large intestine. The colon (co.) and rectum (r.) continue the main line
of the alimentary canal; but, at the beginning of the large intestine,
there is also inserted a great side-shunt, the caecum (cae.), ending
blindly in a fleshy vermiform appendix (v.ap.). The figure will indicate
how the parts are related better than any verbal description can.
Between the coiling alimentary tube and the body walls is a space,
into which the student cuts when he begins dissecting; this is the
peritoneal cavity (pt.). A thin, transparent membrane, the mesentery,
holds the intestines in place, and binds them to the dorsal wall of
this peritoneal space.

Section 17. The food stuffs of an animal, the unstable compounds
destined ultimately to be worked into its life, and to leave it again in
the form of katastases (Section 13), fall into two main divisions. The
first of these includes the non-nitrogenous food stuffs, containing
either carbon together with hydrogen and oxygen in the proportion of
H2O (the carbo-hydrates), or carbon and hydrogen without oxygen
(the hydrocarbons). The second division consists of the nitrogenous
materials, containing also carbon, hydrogen, a certain amount
of oxygen, sulphur, and possibly other elements. Among the
carbohydrates, the commonest are starch and cellulose, which are
insoluble bodies, and sugar, which is soluble. The hydrocarbons,
fats, oils, and so on, form a comparatively small proportion of the
rabbit's diet; the proverb of "oil and water" will remind the student
that these are insoluble. The nitrogenous bodies have their type in
the albumen of an egg; and muscle substance and the less modified
living "protoplasm" of plants, a considerable proportion of the
substance of seeds, bulbs, and so on, are albuminous bodies, or
proteids. These also are insoluble bodies, or when soluble, will not
diffuse easily through animal membranes.

Section 18. Now the essential problem which the digestive canal of
the rabbit solves is to get these insoluble, or quasi-insoluble, bodies
into its blood and system. They have to pass somehow into the
circulation through the walls of the alimentary canal. In order that a
compound should diffuse through a membrane, it must be both
soluble and diffusible, and therefore an essential preliminary to the
absorption of nutritive matter is its conversion into a diffusible soluble
form. This is effected by certain fluids, formed either by the walls of
the alimentary canal or by certain organs called glands, which open
by ducts into it; all these fluids contain small quantities of organic
compounds of the class called ferments, and these are the active
agents in the change. The soluble form of the carbohydrates is
sugar; proteids can be changed into the, of course, chemically
equivalent but soluble and diffusible the peptones; and fats and oils
undergo a more complicated, but finally similar change.

Section 19. We shall discuss the structure and action of -a gland-
[glands] a little more fully in a subsequent chapter. Here we will
simply say that they are organs forming each its characteristic fluid
or secretion, and sending it by a conduit, the duct, to the point
where its presence is required. The saliva in our mouths, tears, and
perspiration, are examples of the secretions of glands.

Section 20. In the month of the rabbit the food is acted upon by the
teeth and saliva. The saliva contains ptyalin, a ferment converting
starch into sugar, and it also serves to moisten the food as it is
ground up by the cheek teeth. It does not act on fat to any
appreciable extent. The teeth of the rabbit are shown in Figure XVIII.,
Sheet 4. The incisor teeth in front, two pairs above and one pair below
(i.), are simply employed in grasping the food; the cheek teeth-- the
premolars (pm.) and molars (m.) behind-- triturate the food by a
complicated motion over each. Their crowns are flat for this purpose,
with harder ridges running across them.

Section 21. This grinding up of the food in the mouth invariably
occurs in herbivorous animals, where there is a considerable amount
of starch and comparatively little hydrocarbon in the food. By finely
dividing the food, it ensures its intimate contact with the digestive
ferment, ptyalin. In such meat-eaters as the cat and dog, where little
starchy matter and much fat is taken, the saliva is, of course, of less
importance, and this mastication does not occur. The cheek teeth of
a dog ({Section 91}), and more so of a cat, are sharp, and used for
gnawing off fragments of food, which are swallowed at once.
Between the incisors and premolars of a dog come the
characteristic biting teeth, or canines, absent in the rabbit.

Section 22. The student will probably ask why the cheek teeth,
which are all similar in appearance, are divided into premolars and
molars. The rabbit has a set of milk molars-- a milk dentition-- which
are followed by the permanent teeth, just as in man. Those cheek
teeth of the second set, which have predecessors in the first series,
are called premolars; the ones posterior to these are the molars.

Section 23. After mastication, the food is worked by the tongue and
cheeks into a saliva-soaked "bolus" and swallowed. The passage
down the oesophagus is called deglutition. In the stomach it comes
under the influence of the gastric juice, formed in little glandular pits
in the stomach wall-- the gastric (Figure VIII. Sheet 3) and pyloric
glands. This fluid is distinctly acid, its acidity being due to about
one-tenth per cent {of a hundred} of hydrochloric acid, and it
therefore stops any further action of the ptyalin, which can act only
on neutral or slightly alkaline fluids. The gastric juice does not act on
carbo-hydrates or hydrocarbons to any very noticeable degree. Its
essential property is the conversion of proteids into peptones, and the
ferment by which this is effected is called pepsin. Milk contains
a peculiar soluble proteid, called casein, which is precipitated by a
special ferment, the rennet-ferment, and the insoluble proteid, the
curd, thus obtained is then acted on by the pepsin. In the
manufacture of cheese, the rennetferment obtained, from the
stomach of a calf is used to curdle the milk.

Section 24. After the food has undergone digestion in the stomach it
passes into the duodenum, the U-shaped loop of intestine
immediately succeeding the stomach. The duodenum is separated
from the stomach by a ring-like muscular valve, the pylorus; this
valve belongs to the class of muscles called sphincters, which, under
ordinary circumstances, are closed, but which relax to open the
circular central aperture. The valve at the anus, which retains the
faeces, is another instance of a sphincter.

Section 25. The food at this stage is called chyme; it is an acid and
soup-like fluid-- acid through the influence of the gastric juice. The
temperature of the animal's body is sufficiently high to keep most of
the fat in the food melted and floating in oily drops; much of the
starch, has been changed to sugar, and the solid proteids to soluble
peptones, but many fragments of material still float unchanged.

Section 26. It meets now with the bile, a greenish fluid secreted by
that large and conspicuous gland the liver. The bile is not simply a
digestive secretion, like the saliva or the gastric juice; it contains
matters destined to mix in, and after a certain amount of change to
be passed out of the body with, the faeces; among these
substances, of which some portion is doubtless excretory, are
compounds containing sulphur-- the bile salts. There is also a
colouring matter, bili verdin, which may possibly also be excretory. If
the student will compare Sections 10 and 11, he will notice that in
those paragraphs no account is taken of the sulphur among the
katastases, the account does not balance, and he will at once see
that here probably is the missing item on the outgoing side. The bile,
through the presence of these salts, is strongly alkaline, and so
stops the action of the gastric juice, and prepares for that of the
pancreas, which can act only in an alkaline medium. The fermentive
action of the bile is trifling; it dissolves fats, to a certain extent, and
is antiseptic, that is, it prevents putrefaction to which the chyme
might be liable; it also seems to act as a natural purgative.

Section 27. The bile, as we shall see later, is by no means the sole
product of the liver.

Section 28. The pancreatic juice, the secretion of the pancreas is
remarkable as acting on all the food stuffs that have not already
become soluble. It emulsifies fats, that is, it breaks, the drops up
into extremely small globules, forming a milky fluid, and it
furthermore has a fermentive action upon them; it splits them up into
fatty acids, and the soluble body glycerine. The fatty acids combine
with alkaline substances (Section 26) to form bodies which belong to
the chemical group of Soaps, and which are soluble also. The
pancreatic juice also attacks any proteids that have escaped the
gastric juice, and converts them into peptones, and any residual
starch into sugar. Hence by this stage, in the duodenum, all the food
constituents noticed in Section 17 are changed into soluble forms.
There are probably, three distinct ferments in the pancreatic juice
acting respectively on starch, fat, and proteid, but they have not
been isolated, and the term pancreatin is sometimes used to
suggest the three together.

Section 29. A succus entericus, a saliva-like fluid secreted by
numerous small glands in the intestine wall (Brunner's glands,
Lieberkuhnian follicles), probably aids, to an unknown but
comparatively small extent, in the digestive processes.

Section 30. The walls of the whole of the small intestine are engaged
in the absorption of the soluble results of digestion. In the
duodenum, especially, small processes, the villi project into the
cavity, and being, like the small hairs of velvet pile, and as thickly
set, give its inner coat a velvety appearance. In a villus we find
(Figure IX., Sheet 3) a series of small blood-vessels and with it
another vessel called a lacteal. The lacteals run together into larger
and larger branches until they form a main trunk, the thoracic duct,
which opens into the blood circulation at a point near the heart; but
of this we shall speak further later. They contain, after a meal, a fluid
called chyle.

Section 31. Emulsified fats pass into the chyle. Water and diffusible
salts certainly pass into the vein. The course taken by the peptones
is uncertain, but Professor Foster favours the chyle in the case of
the rabbit-- the student should read his Text-book of Physiology,
Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 11, if interested in the further discussion
of this question.

Section 32. The processes that occur in the remaining portions of
the alimentary canal are imperfectly understood. The caecum is so
large in the rabbit that it must almost certainly be of considerable
importance. In carnivorous animals it may be so much reduced as to
be practically absent. An important factor in the diet of the
herbivorous animals, and one absent from the food of the carnivora,
is that carbohydrate, the building material of all green-meat- [food],
cellulose, and there is some ground for thinking that the caecum is
probably a region of special fermentive action upon it. The pancreatic
juice, it may be noted, exercises a slight digestive activity upon this

Section 33. Water is most largely absorbed in the large intestine,
and in it the rejected (mainly insoluble) portion of the food gradually
acquires its dark colour and other faecal characteristics.

3. _The Circulation_

Section 34. The next thing to consider is the distribution of the food
material absorbed through the walls of the alimentary canal to the
living and active parts of the body. This is one of the functions of the
series of structures-- heart and blood-vessels, called the circulation,
circulatory system, or vascular system. It is not the only function.
The blood also carries the oxygen from the lungs to the various parts
where work is done and kataboly occurs, and it carries away the
katastases to the points where they are excreted-- the carbon
dioxide and some water to the lungs, water and urea to the kidneys,
sulphur compounds of some kind to the liver.

Section 35. The blood (Figure 4, Sheet 2) is not homogeneous;
under the low power of the microscope it may be seen to consist of--

   (1.) a clear fluid, the plasma, in which float--

   (2.) a few transparent colourless bodies of indefinite and changing
   shape, and having a central brighter portion, the nucleus with a still
   brighter dot therein the nucleolus-- the white corpuscles (w.c.), and

   (3.) flat round discs, without a nucleus, the red corpuscles (r.c.),
   greatly more numerous than the white.

Section 36. The chyle of the lacteals passes, as we have said, by
the thoracic duct directly into the circulation. It enters the left vena
cava superior (l.v.c.s.) near where this joins the jugular vein (ex.j.)
(see Figure 1, Sheet 2, th.d.) and goes on at once with the rest of
the blood to the heart. The small veins of the villi, however, which also
help suck up the soluble nutritive material, are not directly
continuous with the other body veins, the systemic veins; they
belong to a special system, and, running together into larger and
larger branches, form the lieno gastric (l.g.v.) and mesenteric (m.v.)
veins, which unite to form the portal vein (p.v.) which enters the liver
(l.v.) and there breaks up again into smaller and smaller branches.
The very finest ramifications of this spreading network are called the
(liver) capillaries, and these again unite to form at last the hepatic
vein (h.v.) which enters the vena cava inferior (v.c.i.), a median
vessel, running directly to the heart. This capillary network in the
liver is probably connected with changes requisite before the
recently absorbed materials can enter the general blood current.

Section 37. The student has probably already heard the terms vein
and artery employed. In the rabbit a vein is a vessel bringing blood
towards the heart, while an artery is a vessel conducting it away.
Veins are thin-walled, and therefore flabby, a conspicuous purple
when full of blood, and when empty through bleeding and collapsed
sometimes difficult to make out in dissection. They are formed by
the union of lesser factors. The portal breaks up into lesser branches
within the liver. Arteries have thick muscular and elastic walls, thick
enough to prevent the blood showing through, and are therefore pale
pink or white and keep their round shape.

Section 38. The heart of the rabbit is divided by partitions into four
chambers: two upper thin-walled ones, the auricles (au.), and two
lower ones, both, and especially the left, with very muscular walls,
the ventricles (vn.). The right ventricle (r.vn.) and auricle (r.au.)
communicate, and the left ventricle (l.vn.) and auricle (l.au.).

Section 39. The blood coming from all parts of the body, partly
robbed of its oxygen and containing much carbon dioxide and other
katastases, enters the right auricle of the heart through three great
veins, the median vena cava inferior from the posterior parts of the
body, and the paired venae cavae superiores from the anterior. With
the beating of the heart, described below, it is forced into the right
ventricle and from there through the pulmonary artery (p.a.) seen in
the figure passing under the loop of the aorta (ao.) to the lungs.

Section 40. The lungs (lg. Figure 1, Sheet 1) are moulded to the
shape of the thoracic cavity and heart; they communicate with the
pharynx by the trachea (tr. in Figure 1, Sheet 1) or windpipe, and
are made up of a tissue of continually branching and diminishing
air-tubes, which end at last in small air-sacs, the alveoli. The
final branches of the pulmonary arteries, the lung capillaries, lie
in the walls of these air-sacs, and are separated from the air by an
extremely thin membrane through which the oxygen diffuses into,
and the carbon dioxide escapes from, the blood.

Section 41. The mechanism of respiration will be understood by
reference to Figure 3, Sheet 2. It will be noted, in dissecting that the
lungs have shrunk away from the walls of the thorax; this
collapse occurs directly an aperture is made in the thorax wall, and
is in part due to their extreme elasticity. In life the cavity of the
thorax forms an air-tight box, between which and the lungs is a
slight space, the pleural cavity (pl.c.) lined by a moist membrane,
which is also reflected, over the lungs. The thorax wall is muscular
and bony, and resists the atmospheric pressure on its outer side, so
that the lungs before this is cut through are kept distended to the
size of the thoracic cavity by the pressure of the air within them. In
inspiration (or breathing-in) the ribs are raised by the external
intercostal (Anglice, between-ribs, e.i.c.m.) and other allied
muscles, and the diaphragm (dia.) contracts and becomes flatter;
the air is consequently sucked, in as the lungs follow the movement
of the thorax wall. In expiration the intercostals and diaphragm relax
and allow the elastic recoil of the lungs to come into play. The
thoracic wall is simultaneously depressed by the muscles of the
abdominal area, the diaphragm thrust forwards, as the result of the
displacement and compression of the alimentary viscera thus
brought about. (r.r.r. in the Figure mark ribs.)

Section 42. The oxygen and carbon dioxide are not carried in
exactly the same way by the blood. The student will know from his
chemical reading that neither of these gases is very soluble, but
carbon dioxide is sufficiently so in an alkaline fluid to be conveyed
by the liquid plasma. The oxygen however, needs a special portative
mechanism in the colouring matter of the red corpuscles, the
haemoglobin, with which it combines weakly to form
oxy-haemoglobin of a bright red colour, and decomposing easily in
the capillaries (the finest vessels between the arteries and veins), to
release the oxygen again. The same compound occurs in all true
vertebrata, and in the blood-fluid of the worm; in the crayfish a similar
substance, haemocyanin, which when oxygenated is blue, and when
deoxydized colourless, discharges the same function.

Section 43. The blood returns from the lungs to the left auricle (l.au.)
by the pulmonary veins, hidden in the Figure by the heart, passes
thence to the thick-walled left ventricle (l.vn.), and on into the aorta

Section 44. The beating of the heart is, of course, a succession of
contractions and expansions of its muscular wall. The contraction,
or systole, commences at the base of the venae cavae and passes
to the auricles, driving the blood before it into the ventricles, which
then contract sharply and drive it on into the aorta or pulmonary
artery; a pause and then a dilatation, the diastole follows. The flow of
the blood is determined in one direction by the various valves of the
heart. No valves occur in the opening of the superior cavae but an
imperfect one, the Eustachian valve, protects the inferior cava; the
direction of the heart's contraction prevents any excessive back-flow
into the veins, and the onward, tendency is encouraged by the suck
of the diastole of the ventricles. Between the left ventricle and auricle
is a valve made up of two flaps of skin, the mitral valve, the edges of
the flaps being connected with the walls of the ventricle through the
intermediation of small muscular threads, the chordae tendinae,
which stretch across its cavity to little muscular pillars, the papillary
muscles; these attachments prevent the mitral valve from flapping
back into the auricle, and as the blood flows into and accumulates in
the ventricle it gets behind the flaps of the valve and presses its
edges together. When the systole of the ventricle occurs, the
increased, tension of the blood only closes the aperture the tighter,
and the current passes on into the aorta, where we find three
watch-pocket valves, with the pocket turned away from the heart,
which are also closed and tightened by any attempt at regurgitation
(back-flow). A similar process occurs on the right side of the heart,
but here, instead of a mitral valve of two flaps between auricle and
ventricle, we have a tricuspid valve with three. The thickness of the
muscular walls, in view of the lesser distance through which it has to
force the blood, -are- [is] less for the right ventricle than the left.

Section 45. The following are the chief branches of the aorta. The
student should be able to follow them with certainty in dissection;
they are all displayed in the Figure; but it must not be imagined for a
moment that familiarity with this diagram will obviate the necessity
for the practical work; (in.) is the innominate artery; it forks into
(s.cl.a.) the right subclavian, and (r.c.c.) the right common carotid.
Each carotid splits at the angle of the jaw into an internal and an
external branch. The left common carotid, (l.c.c.) arises from the
base of the innominate,* (l.s.cl.a.) the left subclavian, directly from
the aorta. The aorta now curves round to the dorsal middle line, and
runs down as seen in Figure 1, Sheet 1 (d.ao.) and Figure 1, Sheet
2 (d.ao.). Small branches are given off to the ribs, and then comes
the median coeliac (coe.a.) to the stomach and spleen, the median
superior mesenteric (s.mes.a.) to the main portion of the intestine,
and the inferior mesenteric (p.m.a.) to the rectum. Note that no veins
to the inferior vena cava correspond to these arteries-- the blood they
supply going back by the portal vein (p.v.). The paired renal arteries
(r.a.) supply the kidneys, and the common iliacs (c.il.a.) the hind
legs, splitting into the internal iliacs (i.il.a.) and the femoral (f.).

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [The student should note that the only arteries in the middle line
   are those supplying the alimentary canal.]

   {Lines from First Edition only.}
   * -The figure is inaccurate, and represents the left common carotid
   as arising from the aortic arch.-

Section 46. The distribution of the veins of the rabbit has only a
superficial parallelism with arteries. The chief factors of vena cava
inferior are the hepatic vein (h.v.), which receives the liver blood,
the renal veins (r.v.), from the kidneys, the ilaeo-lumbar, from the
abdominal wall, and the external (e.il.v.) and internal ilias (i.il.v.);
with the exception of the renal veins none of these run side by side
with arteries. The superior cavae (r. and l.v.c.s.) are formed by the
union of internal (i.j.) and external jugular (e.j.) veins with a
subclavian (s.cl.v.) from the fore limb. The term pre-caval vein is
sometimes used for superior cava. The attention, of the student is called
to the small azygos vein (az.) running into the right vena cava superior,
and forming the only asymmetrical (not-balancing) feature of the veins
in front of the heart; it brings blood back from the ribs of the thorax
wall, and is of interest mainly because it answers to an enormous
main vessel, the right post-cardinal sinus, in fishes. There are
spermatic arteries and veins (s.v. and a.) to the genital organs. All
these vessels should be patiently dissected out by the student, and

Section 47. Between the final branches of the arteries and the first
fine factors of the veins, and joining them, come the systemic
capillaries. These smallest and ultimate ramifications of the
circulation penetrate every living part of the animal, so that if we
could isolate the vascular system we should have the complete form
of the rabbit in a closely-meshed network. It is in the capillaries that
the exchange of gases occurs and that nutritive material passes out
to the tissues and katastases in from them; they are the essential
factor in the circulatory system of the mammal-- veins, arteries, and
heart simply exist to remove and replace their contents. The details of
the branching of the pulmonary artery and the pulmonary veins need
not detain us now.

Section 48. Summarising the course of the circulation, starting from
the right ventricle, we have-- pulmonary artery, pulmonary capillaries,
pulmonary vein, left auricle, left ventricle, aorta, arteries, and systemic
capillaries. After this, from all parts except the spleen and alimentary
canal, the blood returns to systemic veins, superior or inferior cavae,
right auricle, and right ventricle. The blood from the stomach spleen,
and intestines however, passes via {through} the portal vein to the liver
capillaries and then through the hepatic vein to inferior cava, and so
on. Material leaves the blood to be excreted in lungs, kidneys, by the
skin (as perspiration), and elsewhere. New material enters most

   (a) by the portal veins portal veins and

   (b) by the thoracic duct and left superior cava.

Section 49. The following table summarises what we have learnt up to
the present of the physiology of the Rabbit, considered as a
mechanism using up food and oxygen and disengaging energy:--

   -Air_ {Nitrogen... returned unchanged.}
   {Oxygen... through Pulmonary Vein to--} {see 3.}

   -Food_ {Carbo-Hydrates (Starch, Sugar, Cellulose.)} Sugar.
   {Protein.} {Peptones.}
   {Fat (little in Rabbit.)} {Glycerine, and fatty acids in soups.}
   {Rejected matter got rid of in Defaecation.}

   1a. {Chyle in Lacteals going via {through} Thoracic Duct and Left
   Superior Cava to--} {see 2.}

   1b. {Veins of Villi--}
   {Portal Vein--}
   {Hepatic Vein and Inferior Cava to--} {see 2.}

   2. {Right side of heart; then to lungs, and then to--} {see 3.}

   3. {Left side of heart; whence to Systemic Arteries and Capillaries.}

   4. {The tissues and -Kataboly_.}

   5. {Urea (?Liver) Kidney and Sweat Glands}
   {CO2} {Lungs}
   {H2O} {Lungs, Kidney, Sweat Glands}
   {Other Substances} {Mainly by [Kidney,] Liver and Alimentary Canal}

4. _The Amoeba. Cells, and Tissue_

Section 50. We have thus seen how the nutritive material is taken into
the animal's system and distributed over its body, and incidentally, we
have noted how the resultant products of the creature's activity are
removed. The essence of the whole process, as we have already
stated, is the decomposition and partial oxydation of certain complex
chemical compounds to water, carbon dioxide, a low nitrogenous
body, which finally takes the form of urea, and other substances. We
may now go on to a more detailed study, the microscopic study, or
histology, of the tissues in which metaboly and kataboly occur, but
before we do this it will be convenient to glance for a moment at
another of our animal types-- the Amoeba, the lowest as the rabbit is
the highest, in our series.

Section 51. This is shown in Figure III., Sheet 3, as it would appear
under the low power of the microscope. We have a mass of a clear,
transparent, greyish substance called protoplasm, granular in
places, and with a clearer border; within this is a denser portion called
the nucleus, or endoplast (n.), which, under the microscope, by
transmitted light, appear brighter, and within that a still denser spot,
the nucleolus (ns.) or endoplastule. The protoplasm is more or less
extensively excavated by fluid spaces, vacuoles; one clearer circular
space or vacuole, which is invariably present, appears at intervals,
enlarges gradually, and then vanishes abruptly, to reappear after a
brief interval; this is called the contractile vacuole (c.v.). The
amoeba is constantly changing its shape, whence its older name of
the Proteus animalcule, thrusting out masses of its substance in
one direction, and withdrawing from another, and hence slowly
creeping about. These thrust-out parts, in its outline, are called
pseudopodia (ps.). By means of them it gradually creeps round and
encloses its food. Little particles of nutritive matter are usually to be
detected in the homogeneous protoplasm of its body; commonly
these are surrounded by a drop of water taken in with them, and the
drop of water is then called a food vacuole. The process of taking in
food is called ingestion. The amoeba, in all probability, performs
essentially the same chemical process as we have summarised in
Sections 10, 11, 12; it ingests food, digests it in the food vacuoles
and builds it up into its body protoplasm, to undergo kataboly and
furnish the force of its motion-- the contractile vacuole, is probably
respiratory and perhaps excretory, accumulating and then, by its
"systole" (compare Section 44), forcing out of its body, the water,
carbon dioxide, urea, and other katastases, which are formed
concomitantly with its activity. The amoeba reproduces itself in the
simplest way; the nucleus occasionally divides into two portions and
a widening fissure in the protoplasm of the animal's body separates
one from the other. It is impossible to say that one is the parent cell,
and the other the offspring; the amoeba we merely perceive, was one
and is now two. It is curious to note, therefore, that the amoeba is,
in a sense, immortal-- that the living nucleus of one of these minute
creatures that we examine to-day under a microscope may have
conceivably drawn, out an unbroken thread of life since the remotest
epochs of the world's history. Although no sexual intercourse can be
observed, there is reason to believe that a process of supposed
"cannabalism," in which a larger amoeba may occasionally engulph
a smaller one, is really a conjugative reproductive process, and
followed by increased vitality and division.

Section 52. Now if the student will compare Section 35, he will see
that in the white blood corpuscles we have a very remarkable
resemblance to the amoeba; the contractile vacuole is absent, but we
have the protoplasmic body, the nucleus and nucleolus, and those
creeping fluctuations of shape through the thrusting out and
withdrawal of pseudopodia, which constitute "amoeboid" motion. They
also multiply, in the same way, by division.

Section 53. It is not only in the white corpuscle of the blood that we
find this resemblance; in all the firmer parts of the body we find, on
microscopic examination, similar little blebs of protoplasm, and at an
early stage of development the young rabbit is simply one mass of
these protoplasmic bodies. Their division and multiplication is an
essential condition, of growth. Through an unfortunate accident, these
protoplasmic blebs, which constitute the living basis of the animal
body, have come to be styled "cells," though the term "corpuscles" is
far more appropriate.

Section 54. The word is "cell" suggests something enclosed by firm
and definite walls, and it was first employed in vegetable histology.
Unlike the typical cells of animals, the cells of most plants are not
naked protoplasm, but protoplasm enclosed in a wall of substance
(cell wall) called cellulose. The presence of this cellulose cell wall,
and the consequent necessity of feeding entirely upon liquids and
gases that soak through it instead of being able to ingest a portion of
solid food is indeed, the primary distinction between the
vegetable and the animal kingdoms, as ordinarily considered.

Section 55. Throughout life, millions of these cells retain their
primary characters, and constitute the white corpuscles of blood,
"phagocytes," and connective tissue corpuscles; others again,
engage in the formation of material round themselves, and lie, in
such cases, as gristle and bone, embedded in the substance they
have formed; others again, undergo great changes in form and internal
structure, and become permanently modified into, for instance, nerve
fibres and muscle substance. The various substances arising in this
way through the activity of cells are called tissues, the building
materials of that complex thing, the animal body. Since such a
creature as the rabbit is formed through the co-operation of a vast
multitude of cells, it is called multicellular; the amoeba, on the other
hand, is unicellular. The rabbit may be thus regarded as a vast
community of amoeboid creatures and their products.

Section 56. Figure IV., Sheet 3 represents, diagrammatically,
embryonic tissue, of which, to begin with, the whole animal
consists. The cells are all living, capable of dividing and similar, but as
development proceeds, they differentiate, some take on one kind of
duty (function), and some another, like boys taking to different
trades on leaving school, and wide differences in structure and
interdependence become apparent.

Section 57. It is convenient to divide tissues into three classes,
though the divisions are by no means clearly marked, nor have they
any scientific value. The first of these comprises tissues composed
wholly, or with the exception of an almost imperceptible cementing
substance, of cells; the second division includes the skeletal tissues,
the tissue of mesentery, and the connective and basement tissue of
most of the organs, tissues which, generally speaking, consist of a
matrix or embedding substance, formed by the cells and outside of
them, as well as the cells themselves; and, thirdly, muscular and
nervous tissue. We shall study the former two in this chapter, and
defer the third division until later.

Section 58. The outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), the inmost
lining of the alimentary canal, the lining of the body cavity, and the
inner linings of blood-vessels, glands, and various ducts constitute our
first division. The general name for such tissues is epithelium. When
the cells are more or less flattened, they form squamous epithelium
(Figure VI.) such as we find lining the inside of a man's cheek (from
which the cells sq.ep. were taken) or covering the mesentery of
various types-- sq.end. are from the mesentery (Section 16) of a frog.
A short cylindroidal form of cell makes up columnar epithelium, seen
typically in the cells covering the villi of the duodenum (Figure V.).
This epithelium of the villi has the outer border curiously striated, and
this is usually spoken of as leading towards "ciliated" epithelium, to
be described immediately. The epithelium of the epididermis is
stratified-- that is to say, has many thicknesses of cells; the deeper
layers are alive and dividing (stratum mucosum), while the more
superficial are increasingly flattened and drier as the surface is
approached (stratum corneum) and are continually being rubbed off
and replaced from below.

Section 59. In the branching air-tubes of the lung, the central canal of
the spinal cord, and in the ureters of the rabbit, and in most other
types, in various organs, we find ciliated epithelium (Figure VII.).
This is columnar or cubical in form, and with the free edge curiously
modified and beset with a number of hair-like processes, the cilia, by
which, during the life of the cell, a waving motion is sustained in one
direction. This motion assists in maintaining a current in the contents
of ducts which are lined with this tissue. The motion is independent of
the general life of the animal, so long as the constituent cell still
lives, and so it is easy for the student to witness it himself with a
microscope having a 1/4-inch or 1/6-inch objective. Very fine cilia may
be seen by gently scraping the roof of a frog's mouth (the cells figured
are from this source), or the gill of a recently killed mussel, and
mounting at once in water, or, better, in a very weak solution of
common salt.

Section 60. The lining of glands is secretory epithelium; the cells
are usually cubical or polygonal (8, g.ep.), and they display in the
most characteristic form what is called metabolism. Anaboly (see
Section 14) we have defined, as a chemical change in an upward
direction-- less stable and more complex compounds are built up in
the processes of vegetable and animal activity towards protoplasm;
kataboly is a chemical running down; metaboly is a more general
term, covering all vital chemical changes. The products of the action
of a glandular epithelium are metabolic products, material derived from
the blood is worked, up within the cell, not necessarily with
conspicuous gain or loss of energy, and discharged into the gland
space. The most striking case of this action is in the "goblet cells"
that are found among the villi; these are simply glands of one cell,
unicellular glands, and in Figure V. we see three stages in their
action: at g.c.1 material (secretion) is seen forming in the cell, at
g.c.2 it approaches the outer border, and at g.c.3 it has been
discharged, leaving a hollowed cell. Usually however, the escape of
secreted matter is not so conspicuous, and the gland-cells are
collected as the lining of pits, simple, as in the gastric, pyloric, and
Lieberkuhnian glands (Figure VIII., Sections 23, 29), or branching
like a tree or a bunch of grapes (Figure r.g.), as in Brunner's glands
(Section 29) the pancreas, and the salivary glands. The salivary
glands, we may mention, are a pair internal to the posterior ventral
angle of the jaw, the sub-maxillary; a pair anterior to these, the
sub-lingual; a pair posterior to the jaw beneath the ear, the parotid,
and a pair beneath the eye, the infra orbital.

Section 61. The liver is the most complicated gland in the body
(Figure X.). The bile duct (b.d.) branches again and again, and ends at
last in the final pits, the lobuli (lb.), which are lined with secretory
epithelium, and tightly packed, and squeeze each other into polygonal
forms. The blood supply from which the bile would appear to be
mainly extracted, is brought by the portal vein, but this blood is
altogether unfit for the nutrition of the liver tissue; for this latter
purpose a branch of the coeliac artery, the hepatic serves. Hence in
the tissue of the liver we have, branching and interweaving among
the lobuli, the small branches of the bile duct (b.d.), which carries
away the bile formed, the portal vein (p.v.), the hepatic artery (h.a.),
and the hepatic vein (h.v.). (Compare Section 45.) Figure X.b shows
a lobule; the portal vein and the artery ramify round the lobules-- are
inter-lobular, that is (inter, between); the hepatic vein begins in
the middle of the lobules (intra-lobular), and receives their blood.
(Compare X.a.) Besides its function in the manufacture of the
excretory, digestive, and auxiliary bile, the liver performs other
duties. It appears to act as an inspector of the assimilation material
brought in by the portal vein. The villi, for instance, will absorb
arsenic, but this is arrested and thrown down in the liver. A third
function is the formation of what would seem to be a store of
carbo-hydrate, glycogen, mainly it would appear, from the sugar in the
portal vein, though also, very probably, from nitrogenous material, though
this may occur only under exceptional conditions. Finally, the nitrogenous
katastates, formed in the working of muscle and nerve, and returned
by them to the blood for excretion, are not at that stage in the form of
urea. Whatever form they assume, they undergo a further metabolism
into urea before leaving the body, and the presence of considerable
quantities of this latter substance in the liver suggests this as a fourth
function of this organ-- the elaboration of urea.

Section 62. Similar from a physiological point of view, to the secretory
glands which form the digestive fluids are those which furnish
lubricating fluids, the lachrymal gland, and Harderian glands
in the orbit internally to the eye, and posterior and anterior to it
respectively, the sebaceous glands (oil glands) connected with the
hair, and the anal and perineal glands. The secretions of excretory
glands are removed from the body; chief among them are the sweat
glands and kidneys. The sweat glands are microscopic tubular
glands, terminating internally in a small coil (Figure VIII. s.g.) and
are scattered thickly over the body, the water of their secretion being
constantly removed by evaporation, and the small percentage of salt
and urea remaining to accumulate as dirt, and the chief reasonable
excuse for washing. The kidney structure is shown diagrammatically
in Figure 5, Sheet 7. A great number of branching and straight looped,
tubuli (little tubes) converge on an open space, the pelvis. Towards
the outer layers (cortex) of the kidney, these tubuli terminate in little
dilatations into which tangled knots of blood-vessels project: the
dilatations are called Bowman's capsules (B.c.), and each coil of
bloodvessel a glomerulus (gl.). In the capsules, water is drained from
the blood; in the tubuli, urea and other salts in the urine are secreted
from a branching network of vessels.

Section 63. In all the epithelial tissues that we have considered we
have one feature in common: they are cells, each equivalent to the
amoeba, that have taken on special duties-- in a word, they are
specialists. The amoeba is Jack of all trades and a free lance; the
protective epidermal cell, the current-making ciliated cell, the bile or
urea-making secretory cell, is master of one trade, and a soldier in a
vast and wonderfully organized host. We will now consider our second
kind of cell in this organization, the cell of which the especial aim is
the building round it of a tissue.

Section 64. The simplest variety in this group is hyaline (i.e. glassy)
cartilage (gristle). In this the formative cells (the cartilage
corpuscles) are enjellied in a clear structureless matrix (Figure XII.),
consisting entirely of organic compounds accumulated by their
activity. Immediately round the cell lies a capsule of newer material.
Some of the cells have recently divided (1); others have done so less
recently, and there has been time for the interpolation of matrix, as
at 2. In this way the tissue grows and is repaired. A thin layer of
connective tissue (see below), the perichondrium, clothes the
cartilaginous structure.

Section 65. Connective tissue (Figure XIII) is a general name for a
group of tissues of very variable character. It is usually described as
consisting typically in the mammals of three chief elements felted
together; of comparatively unmodified corpuscles (c.c.), more or less
amoeboid, and of fibres which are elongated, altered, and distorted
cells. The fibres are of two kinds: yellow, branching, and highly elastic
(y.e.f.), in consequence of which they fall into sinuous lines
in a preparation, and white and inelastic ones (w.i.f.), lying in parallel
bundles. Where the latter element is entirely dominant, the connective
tissue is tendon, found especially at the point of attachment of
muscles to the parts they work. Some elastic ligaments are almost
purely yellow fibrous tissue. A loose interweaving of the three
elements is areolar tissue, the chief fabric of mesentery, membrane,
and the dermis (beneath the epidermis). With muscle it is the material
of the walls of the alimentary canal and bloodvessels, and generally it
enters into, binds together, and holds in place other tissue. The
connective tissue of fishes displays the differentiation of fibres in a far
less distinct manner.

Section 66. Through connective tissues wander the phagocytes,
cells that are difficult to distinguish, if really distinct, from the white
blood corpuscles. These cells possess a remarkable freedom; they
show an initiative of their own, and seem endowed with a
subordinate individuality. They occur in great numbers in a tissue
called, botryoidal tissue (Figure XIV.), which occurs especially in
masses and patches along the course of the alimentary canal, in its
walls. The tonsils, swellings on either side of the throat, are such
masses, and aggregates occur as visible patches, the Peyer's
patches, on the ileum. It also constitutes the mass of the vermiform
appendix and the wall of the sacculus rotundus; and in the young
animal the "thymus gland," ventral to the heart, and less entirely, the
"thyroid gland," ventral to the larynx, are similar structures, which
are reduced or disappear as development proceeds. It is evident that
in these two latter cases the term "gland" is somewhat of a
misnomer. The matrix of botryoidal tissue is a network of stretched
and hollowed connective tissue cells-- it is not a secretion, as
cartilage matrix appears to be. During digestion, the phagocytes prowl
into the intestine, and ingest and devour bacteria, that might
otherwise give rise to disease. In inflammation, we may note here,
they converge from all directions upon the point wounded or irritated.
They appear to be the active agents in all processes of absorption
(see osteoclasts under bone), and for instance, migrate into and
devour the tissue of the tadpole's tail, during its metamorphosis to the
adult frog.

Section 67. Within the connective tissue cells fat drops may be
formed, as in Figure XV. Adipose tissue is simply connective tissue
loaded with fat-distended cells. The tissue is, of course, a store form
of hydro-carbon (Section 17) provided against the possible
misadventure of starvation. With the exception of some hybernating
animals, such store forms would seem to be of accidental importance
only among animals, whereas among plants they are of invariable and
necessary occurrence.

Section 68. We now come to Bone, a tissue confined to the
vertebrata, and typically shown only in the higher types. As we
descend in the scale from birds and mammals to lizards, amphibia
(frogs and toads) and fish, we find cartilage continually more
important, and the bony constituent of the skeleton correspondingly
less so. In such a type as the dog-fish, the skeleton is entirely
cartilaginous, bone only occurs in connection with the animal's
scales; it must have been in connection with scales that bone first
appeared in the vertebrate sub-kingdom. In the frog we have a
cartilaginous skeleton overlaid by numerous bony scutes (shield-like
plates) which, when the student comes to study that type, he will
perceive are equivalent to the bony parts of such scales as occur in
the dog-fish, sunk inward, and plating over the cartilage; and in the
frog the cartilage also is itself, in a few places, replaced by bony
tissue. In the adult rabbit these two kinds of bone, the bone overlying
what was originally cartilage (membrane bone), and the bone
replacing the cartilage (cartilage bone) have, between them,
practically superseded the cartilage altogether. The structure of the
most characteristic kind of bone will be understood by reference to
Figure XVI. It is a simplified diagram of the transverse section of
such a bone as the thigh bone. M.C. is the central marrow cavity,
H.v., H.v. are cross sections of small bloodvessels, the Haversian
vessels running more or less longitudinally through, the bone in
canals, the Haversian canals. Arranged round these vessels are
circles of the formative elements, the bone corpuscles or
osteoblasts (b.c.) each embedded in bony matrix in a little bed, the
lacuna, and communicating one with another by fine processes
through canaliculi in the matrix, which processes are only to be
seen clearly in decalcified bone (See Section 70). The osteoblasts are
arranged in concentric series, and the matrix is therefore in concentric
layers, or lamellae (c.l.). Without and within the zone of Haversian
systems are (o.l. and i.l.), the outer and inner lamellae. The bone is
surrounded by connective tissue, the periosteum. In addition to this
compact bone, there is a lighter and looser variety in which spicules
and bars of bony tissue are loosely interwoven. Many flat bones, the
bones of the skull, for instance, consist of this spongy bone, plated
(as an electro spoon is plated) with compact bone.

Section 69. Among the bony bars and spicules of spongy bone
occurs the red marrow-- which must not be confused with the yellow
marrow, the fatty substance in the central cavity of long bones. In this
red marrow are numerous large colourless cells, which appear
to form within their substance and then liberate red blood corpuscles.
This occurs especially in the spongy bone within the ribs.

Section 70. The matrix of bone differs from that of cartilage or of
most other tissues in consisting chiefly of inorganic salts. The chief of
these is calcium phosphate, with which much smaller quantities
of calcium carbonate, and magnesium phosphate and carbonate
occur. These inorganic salts can be removed by immersion of the
bone in weak hydrochloric acid, and a flexible network of connecting
tissue, Haversian vessels, bone corpuscles, and their processes
remains. This is decalcified bone alluded to above.

Section 71. In the very young rabbit, the limb bones, vertebral column,
and many of the skull bones are simply plates and bars of cartilage;
the future membrane bones, however are planned out in connective
tissue. The development of the latter is simple, the connective
tissue corpuscles functioning by a simple change of product as
osteoblast. The development of the cartilage bones, however, is more
complicated. Figure XVII., represents, in a diagrammatic way, the
stages in the conversion of a cartilaginous bar to bone. To begin with,
the previously sporadically-arranged (scattered anyhow) corpuscles
(u.c.c.) are gathered into groups in single file, or in other words, into
"columnar" groups (as at c.c.). The matrix becomes clouded with
inorganic salts of lime, and it is then said to be calcified. This
calcified cartilage then undergoes absorption-- it must not be
imagined for a moment that bone is calcified cartilage. Simultaneous
with the formation of the cavities (s.) due to this absorption,
connective tissue (p.c.i.) from the surrounding perichondrium (p.c.)
grows into the ossifying* bar. It is from this connective tissue that the
osteoblasts (o.b.) arise, and bone is built up. Throughout life a bone is
continually being absorbed and reformed by the activity of the
osteoblasts. An osteoblast engaged in the absorption instead of the
formation of bone is called an osteoclast.

* The formation of bone is called ossification. To ossify is to become

Section 72. The great thing to notice about this is that cartilage does
not become bone, but is eaten into and ousted by it; the osteoblasts
and osteoclasts replace entirely the cartilage corpuscles, and are
not derived from them.

Section 73. We may mention here the structure of the spleen
(Figure 1, Sheet 1). It consists of a connective tissue and muscular
coating, with an internal soft matrix much resembling botryoidal
tissue, traversed by fibrous trabeculne (= beams, planks) containing
blood-vessels, and the whole organ is gorged with blood, particularly
after meals. The consideration of its function the student may
conveniently defer for the present.

Section 74. Here also, we may notice the lymphatics, a series of
small vessels which return the overflow of the blood serum from the
capillaries, in the nutrition of the tissues in all parts of the body,
to the thoracic duct (see Section 36), and the general circulation. At
intervals their course is interrupted by gland-like dilatations, the
lymphatic glands, in which masses of rapidly dividing and growing
(proliferating) cells occur, of which, doubtless, many are detached and
become, first "lymph corpuscles," and, when they reach the veins,
white blood corpuscles.

5. _The Skeleton_

Section 75. We are now in a position to study the rabbit's skeleton.
We strongly recommend the student to do this with the actual bones
at hand-- they may be cleared very easily in a well-boiled rabbit. This
recommendation may appear superfluous to some readers, but, as a
matter of fact, the marked proclivity of the average schoolmaster for
mere book-work has put such a stamp on study, that, in nine cases
out of ten, a student, unless he is expressly instructed to the
contrary, will go to the tortuous, and possibly inexact, descriptions
of a book for a knowledge of things that lie at his very finger-tips. We
have not written, this chapter to give a complete knowledge of the
skeleton, but simply as an aid in the actual examination of the bones.

Section 76. We may take the skeleton under five headings. There is
the central axis, the chain of little bones, the vertebrae, threaded
on the spinal cord (see Figure 1 and Section 1); the thorax, the box
enclosed by ribs and sternum; the fore-limb and bones connected
with it (pectoral girdle and limb), and the hind-limb and bones
connected with it (pelvic girdle). Finally there is the skull, but
following the London University syllabus, we shall substitute the
skull of the dog for of that of the rabbit, as more typically mammalian
(Section 4).

Section 77. In Section 3 (which the student should refer to) we have
a division of the vertebrae into four varieties. Of these most
representative is the thoracic. A thoracic vertebra (Figure 4, Sheet
5, T.V.) consists of a central bony mass, the body or centrum (b.),
from which there arises dorsally an arch, the neural arch (n.a.),
completed by a keystone, the neural spine (n.s.); and coming off
laterally from the arch is the transverse process (tr.p.). Looking at
the vertebra sideways, we see that the arch is notched, for the exit
of nerves. Jointed to the thoracic vertebrae on either side are the ribs
(r.). Each rib has a process, the tuberculum, going up to articulate
with the transverse process, and one, the capitulum articulating
between the bodies of two contiguous vertebrae. The facets for the
articulation of the capitulum are indicated in the side view by
shading. At either end of the body of a vertebra of a young rabbit are
bony caps, the epiphyses (ep.), separated from the body by a plane
of unossified cartilage (indicated, by the dots). These epiphyses to
the vertebral bodies occur only among mammals, and are even absent
in some cases within the class. In the adult rabbit they have ossified
continuously with the rest of the body.

Section 78. A cervical vertebra (C.V.) seems, upon cursory
inspection, to have no rib. The transverse processes differ from those
of thoracic series in having a perforation, the vertebrarterial canal,
through which the vertebral artery runs up the neck. A study of the
development of these bones shows that the part marked f.r. ossifies
separately from the rest of the transverse process; and the form of the
equivalent structures in certain peculiar lower mammals and in
reptiles leaves no doubt that f.r. is really an abbreviated rib; fused up
with the transverse process and body. The two anterior cervical
vertebrae are peculiar. The first (at.) is called the Atlas-- the figure
shows the anterior view-- and has great articular faces for the
condyles (Section 86) of the skull, and a deficient centrum. The next
is the axis, and it is distinguished by an odontoid peg (od.p.), which
fits into the space where the body of the atlas is deficient. In
development the centrum of the axis ossifies from one centre, and the
odontoid, peg from another, which at that time occupies the position
of centrum of the atlas. So that it would seem that the atlas is a
vertebra minus a centrum, and the axis is a vertebra plus a centrum,
added at the expense of the atlas.

Section 79. The lumbar vertebrae (l.v.) are larger, and have cleft
transverse processes, each giving rise to an ascending limb, the
metapophyses, and a descending one. The latter (generally spoken of
as the transverse processes) point steeply downward, and are
considerably longer than those of thoracic series. The sacral
vertebrae (s.v.) have great flattened transverse propcesses for
articulation with the ilia. The caudal vertebrae (c.v.) are gradually
reduced to the mere elongated centra, as we proceed, towards the tip
of the tail.

Section 80. All the vertebrae join with their adjacent fellows through
the intermediation of certain intervertebral pads, and also articulate by
small processes at either end at the upper side of the arch,
the zygapophyses. The normals to the polished facets of these point,
in the case of the anterior zygapophyses, up and in (mnemonic:
ant-up-in), and in the case of the posterior, down and out. The student
should make this, and the other features of vertebrae, out upon actual

Section 81. The thorax is bounded dorsally by the vertebral column,
and ventrally by the sternum. The sternum consists of segments,
the sternebrae (st.); anteriorly there is a bony manubrium (mb.),
posteriorly a thin cartilaginous plate, the xiphisternum (xi.). Seven
pairs of ribs articulate by cartilaginous ends (sternal ribs) with the
sternum directly, as indicated in the figure; five (false) ribs are joined,
to each other and to the seventh, and not to the sternum directly.
The last four ribs have no tuberculum (Section 77).

Section 82. The fore-limb (pectoral limb) consists of an upper arm
bone, the humerus (hum.) the distal end of which is deeply
excavated by the olecranon fossa (o.f.) as indicated by the dotted
lines; of two bones, the ulna (u.) and radius (r.) which are firmly bound
by ligament in the position of the figure (i.e., with the palm of the hand
downward, "prone"); of a number of small bones (carpalia), the carpus
(c.); of a series of metacarpals (mc.); and of three digits (= fingers)
each, except the first, or pollex, of three small bones-- the phalanges,
only the proximal of which appear in the figure. The ulna has a
hook-like head, the olecranon (o.) which distinguishes it easily from
the distally thickened radius. The limb is attached to the body through
the intermediation of the shoulder-blade (scapula, sc.) a flattened
bone with a median external ridge with a hook-like termination, the
acromion (acr.). There is also a process overhanging the glenoid
cavity (g.) wherein the humerus articulates, which process is called
coracoid (co.); it is ossified from two separate centres, and represents
a very considerable bone in the bird, reptile, and frog. Along the dorsal
edge of the scapula of the rabbit is unossified cartilage, which is
called the supra-scapula (s.sc.). In man there runs from the acromion
to the manubrium of the sternum a bone, the collar-bone or clavicle.
This is represented by a very imperfectly ossified rudiment in the
rabbit. The scapula and clavicle, the bones of the body connected
with the fore-limb, are frequently styled the pectoral girdle, or
shoulder-girdle; this name of girdle will appear less of a misnomer
when lower vertebrate types are studied.

Section 83. The hind limb and its body bones-- pelvic limb and
girdle-- are shown in Figure 2. The limb skeleton corresponds
closely with that of the fore-limb. The femur (fe.) answers to the
humerus, and is to be distinguished from it by the greater
distinctness of its proximal head (hd.) and by the absence of an
olecranon fossa from its distal end. The tibia (ti = the radius) is fused
for the distal half of its length with the fibula (fb. = ulna). A tarsus
(tarsalia) equals the carpus.* Two of the proximal tarsalia may be
noted: one working like a pulley under the tibia, is the astragalus
(as.); one forming the bony support of the heel, is the calcaneum
(ca.). There is a series of metatarsals, and then come four digits of
three phalanges each.

* Such a resemblance as exists between one vertebra and another in
the rabbit, or between the humerus and the femur, is called serial
homology; the two things correspond with each other to the extent of
imperfect reduplication. "Homology" simply is commonly used to
indicate the resemblance between any two structures in different
animals, in origin and position as regards other parts. Thus the heart
of the rabbit and of the frog are homologous structures, corresponding
in position, and resembling each other much as two memory
sketches of one picture might do.

Section 84. The pelvic girdle differs from the pectoral in most land
vertebrata in being articulated with the vertebral column. This
difference does not exist in fishes. It consist in the rabbit of four
bones; the ilium (i.), the ischium (is.), the pubis (pb.), and the small
cotyloid bone-- the first two and the latter one meeting in the
acetabular fossa (ac.) in which the head of the femur works. The
pubes and ischia are fused along the mid-ventral line. Many
morphologists regard, the ilium as equivalent to, that is, strictly
corresponding in its relation, to the scapula, the pubis to the
cartilaginous substratum of the clavicle, and the ischium to the

Section 85. These bones will be studied at the greatest advantage
when dissected out from a boiled rabbit. Prepared and wired
skeletons, disarticulated skeletons, plates of figures, and written
descriptions are in succession more tedious and less satisfactory
ways to a real comprehension, of this matter. This chapter directs the
student's attention to the most important points in the study of the
skeleton, but it is in no way intended to mitigate the necessity of
practical work. It is a guide simply.

Section 86. The mammalian skull will be better understood after the
study of that of some lower vertebrate. We shall describe its main
features now, but their meaning will be much clearer after the lower
type is read. Our figures are of Canis. In section (Figure VI., Sheet 6),
we perceive a brain case (cranium) opening behind by a large
aperture, the foramen magnum (F.M.). In front of this is an extensive
passage, the nasal passage (E.N. to P.N.) which is divided from the
mouth by a bony floor, the palate, and which opens into the pharynx
behind at the posterior nares (P.N.) and to the exterior by the anterior
or external nares (E.N.). It is divided into right and left passages by a
middle partition, the nasal septum. Outside the skull, on its wings, is
a flask-like bone, the bulla tympani (b. in Figures 2 and 3), protecting
the middle ear, and from above this there passes an arch, the cheek
bone (ju. in Figures 1, 2, and 3), to the upper jaw, forming in front the
bony lower protection of the cavity containing the eye, the orbit. The
cheek arch, nasal passage, and jaws, form collectively the "facial
apparatus," as distinguished from the cranium, and the whole skull is
sometimes referred to as, the "cranio-facial apparatus." Two
eminences for articulation with the atlas vertebra, the condyles (c.), lie
one on each side of the lower boundary of the foramen magnum.

Section 87. The floor of the cranium consists of a series of cartilage
bones, the basi-occipital (b.o.), basi-sphenoid (b.sp.), pre-sphenoid
(p.sp.), and in front, the ethmoid (eth.), which sends down a median
plate, not shown, in the figure, to form the nasal septum between right
and left nasal passages. Like extended wings on either side of the
basi-occipital are the ex-occipital (e.o.) (the bone is marked
in Figure 4, but the letters are a little obscured by shading).
Similarly the ali-sphenoids (a.s.), are wings to the basi-, and the
orbito-sphenoids (o.s.), to the pre-sphenoid bone (p.sp.). Between the
ex-occipital and ali-sphenoid there is wedged in a bone, the periotic
(p.o.) containing the internal ear (Section 115). Above the foramen
magnum the median supra-occipital bone completes what is called
the occipital arch. A pair of parietals (pa.) come above the
ali-sphenoids, and a pair of frontals (f.) above the orbito-sphenoids. At
the side the brain case is still incomplete, and here the aquamosal
(sq.) enters into its wall. In the external view (Figure 3) the bulla hides
the periotic bone from without. The student should examine all four
figures for these bones before proceeding.

Section 88. The outer edge of the upper jaw and the cheek arch are
made up of three paired bones. First comes the premaxilla (p.m.)
(not p.m.1 or p.m.4), containing in the dog, the three incisors of either
side. Then comes the maxilla, bearing the rest of the teeth.* The jugal
or malar (ju.) reaches over from the maxilla to meet a zygomatic
process (= connecting outgrowth) (z.p.) of the squamosal bone.

* In the dog a sabre-like canine (c.), four premolars (p.m.1 and
p.m.4) and two molars (m.1 and m.2).

Section 89. In the under view of the skull (Figure 2) it will be seen that
the maxilla sends in a plate to form the front part of the hard palate.
Behind, the hard palate is completed by the pair of palatine bones
(pal.), which conceal much of the pre- and orbito-sphenoid in the
ventral view, and which run back as ridges to terminate in two small
angular bones, the pterygoids (pt.) which we shall find represent much
more important structures in the lower vertebrata.

Section 90. The pre-maxillae and maxillae bound the sides of the
nasal passage, and it is completed above by a pair of splints, the
nasals. Along the floor of the nasal passage, on the middle line, lies a
splint of bone formed by the coalescence of two halves. It embraces
in a V-like groove the mesethmoid (nasal septum) above, and lies on
the palate.

   {Lines from First Edition only.}
   -Its position is indicated by a heavy black line in 4, and it is
   called, the vomer bone (vo.).-

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [In the frog it is represented by two laterally situated bones.
   This is the vomer bone (vo.).]

The nasal passages are partially blocked by foliated bony outgrowths,
from the inner aspect of their walls, which in life are covered with
mucous membrane, and increase the surface sensitive to smell. The
ethmoid ends in the ethmo-turbinal (e.t.); the nasal, the naso-turbinal
(n.t.); and the maxilla, the maxillo-turbinal (m.t.). In the anterior
corner of the orbit there is a bone, the lachrymal (lc. Figure 1), which
is hidden by the maxilla in the side view of the skull.

Section 91. The lower jaw (mandible) is one continuous bone in the
mammal. Three incisors bite against the three of the upper jaw. Then
comes a canine, four premolars, and three molars, the first of which is
blade-like (sectorial tooth), and bites against the similar sectorial
tooth (last premolar) of the upper jaw. The third molar is small. The
arrangement of tooth is indicated in the following dental formula:--
I. 3.3/3.3, C. 1.1/1.1, P.M. 4.4/4.4, M. 2.2/3.3

Section 92. Attached just behind the bulla above, and passing round
on either side of the throat to meet at the base of the tongue, is the
hyoid apparatus (Figure 6). The stylohyal (s.h.), epihyal (e.h.), and
ceratohyal (c.h.) form the anterior cornu of the hyoid. The body of the
hyoid (b.h.) forms a basis for the tongue. The posterior coruna (t.h.) of
the hyoid are also called the thyrohyals.

Section 93. The following table presents these bones in something
like their relative positions. A closer approximation to the state of the
case will be reached if the student will imagine the maxilla raised up
so as to overlie and hide the palatine and presphenoid, the
squamosal similarly overlying the periotic bone, and the jugal reaching
between them. Membrane bones are distinguished by capital letters.


      -Nasal_ (paired), Ethmoid Bone (median), -Vomer_
      -Frontal_ (paired), -Lachrymal_ (paired), Orbito-sphenoid (paired),
      Pre-sphenoid (median), Eye
      -Parietal_ (Paired), Ali-sphenoid (paired), Basi-sphenoid (median)*,
      Periotic Bone (paired)
      -Bulla_ (paired)
      Supra-occipital (median), Ex-occipital (paired), Basi-occipital

   -Upper Jaw_

      -Pre-Maxilla_ (paired)
      Palatine (paired)
      Pterygoid (paired)

   -Lower Jaw_

      -Maxilla_ (paired)
      -Jugal_ (paired)
      -Squamosal_ (paired)

   *In this table the small bones of the ear are simply indicated by an

Section 94. Hidden by the bulla, and just external to the periotic bone,
are the auditory ossicles, the incus, malleus, os orbiculare,
and stapes. These will be more explicitly treated when we discuss the

Section 95. When we come to the study of the nerves, we shall
revert to the skull, and treat of its perforations. The student should not
fail, before proceeding, to copy and recopy our figures, and to make
himself quite familiar with them, and he should also obtain and handle
an actual skull. For all practical purposes the skull of a
sheep or cat will be almost as useful as that of the dog.

6. _Muscle and Nerve_

Section 96. We have, in the skeleton, a complicated apparatus of
parts hinged and movable upon one another; the agent moving these
parts is the same agent that we find in the heart walls propelling the
blood through the circulation, in the alimentary canal squeezing the
food along its course, and universally in the body where motion
occurs, except in the case of the creeping phagocytes, and the ciliary
waving of ciliated epithelium. This agent is muscle. We have, in
muscular tissue, a very wide departure from the structure of the
primordial cell; to use a common biological expression, a very great
amount of modification (= differentiation). Sheet 7 represents the
simpler kind of muscular tissue, unstriated muscle, in which the
cell character is still fairly obvious. The cells are fusiform
(spindle-shaped), have a distinct nucleus and faint longitudinal
striations (striations along their length), but no transverse

Section 97. In striated muscle extensive modifications mask the cell
character. Under a 1/4 inch objective, transverse striations of the
fibres are also distinctly visible, and under a much higher power we
discern in a fibre (Sheet 7) transverse columns of rod-like sarcous
elements (s.e.), the columns separated by lines of dots, the
membranes of Krause (k.m.), and nuclei (n.), flattened and
separated into portions, and lying, in some cases, close to the
sarcolemma (sc.) the connective tissue enclosing the fibre, in others
scattered throughout the substance of the fibre. The figure shows the
fibre ruptured, in order to display the sarcolemma; e.p. is the end
plate of a nerve (n.v.), and fb. are the fibrillae into which a fibre
may be teased.

Section 98. In the heart we have an intermediate kind of muscle
cardiac muscle (Figure 2), in which the muscle fibres branch; there
is apparently no sarcolemma, and the undivided nuclei lie in the
centre of the cell.

Section 99. Unstriated muscle is sometimes called involuntary, and
striated, voluntary muscle; but there is really not the connexion with
the will that these terms suggest. We have just mentioned that the
heart-muscle is striated, but who can alter the beating of the heart
by force of will? And the striated muscles of the limbs perform,
endless involuntary acts. It would seem that unstriated muscle
contracts slowly, and we find it especially among the viscera; in the
intestine for instance, where it controls that "peristaltic" movement
which pushes the food forward. Voluntary muscle, on the other hand,
has a sharp contraction. The muscle of the slow-moving snails, slugs,
and mussels is unstriated; all the muscle of the active insects and
crustacea (crabs, lobsters, and crayfish) is striated. Still if the student
bears the exception of the heart in mind, and considers muscles as
"voluntary" that his will can reach, the terms voluntary and involuntary
will serve to give him an idea of the distribution of these two types of
muscle in his own body, and in that of the rabbit.

Section 100. Muscular contraction, and generally all activity in the
body is accompanied by kataboly. The medium by which these
katabolic changes are set going and controlled is the nervous
system. The nervous system holds the whole body together in one
harmonious whole; it is the governing organization of the multicellular
community (Section 55), and the supreme head of the government
resides in the brain, and is called the mind. But just as in a political
state only the most important and most exceptional duties are
performed by the imperial body, and minor matters and questions of
routine are referred to boards and local authorities, so the mind
takes cognisance only of a few of the higher concerns of the animal,
and a large amount of the work of the nervous system goes on
insensibly, in a perfectly automatic way-- even much that occurs in
the brain.

Section 101. The primary elements in the tissue of the nervous
system are three; nerve fibres, which are simply conducting threads,
telegraph wires; ganglion cells, which are the officials of the system;
and neuroglia, a fine variety of connective tissue which holds these
other elements together, and may also possibly exercise a function in
affecting impressions. A message along a nerve to a ganglion cell is
an afferent impression, from a cell to a muscle or other external end
is an efferent impression. The passage of an impression may be
defined as a flash of kataboly along the nerve, and so every feeling,
thought, and determination involves the formation of a certain
quantity of katastases, and the necessity for air and nutrition.

Section 102. Unlike telegraph wires, to which they are often
compared, nervous fibres usually convey impressions only in one
direction, either centrally (afferent or sensory nerve fibres), or
outwardly (efferent or motor nerve fibres). But the so-called motor
nerve fibres include not only those that set muscles in motion, but
those that excite secretion, check impulsive movements, and govern

Section 103. Figure 7, Sheet 8, shows the typical structure of nervous
tissues. The nerve fibres there figured are bound together by
endoneurium into small ropes, the nerves, encased in perineurium.
There is always a grey axis cylinder (a.c.), which may (in medullated
nerves), or may not (in non-medullated or grey nerves) have a
medullary sheath (s.S.) interrupted at intervals by the nodes of
Ranvier (n.R.). Nuclei (n.) at intervals under the sheath indicate the
cells from which nerve fibres are derived by a process of elongation.
The nerves of invertebrata, where they possess nerves, are mostly
grey, and so are those of the sympathetic system of vertebrata, to
be presently described, g.c., g.c. are ganglion cells; they may have
many hair-like processes, usually running into continuity with
the axis cylinders of nerve fibres, in which case they are called
multi-polar cells, or they may be uni- or bi-polar.

Section 104. The simplest example of the action of the nervous
system is reflex action. For instance, when the foot of a frog, or the
hand of a soundly sleeping person, is tickled very gently, the limb is
moved away from the irritation, without any mental action, and entirely
without will being exercised. And when we go from light into darkness,
the pupil of the eye enlarges, without any direct consciousness of the
change of its shape on our part. Similarly, the presence or food in the
pharynx initiates a series of movements-- swallowing, the digestive
movements, and so on-- which in health are entirely beyond our
mental scope.

Section 105. A vast amount of our activities are reflex, and in such
action an efferent stimulus follows an afferent promptly and quite
mechanically. It is only where efferent stimuli do not immediately
become entirely transmuted into outwardly moving impulses that
mental action comes in and an animal feels. There appears to be a
direct relation between sensation and motion. For instance, the
shrieks and other instinctive violent motions produced by pain,
"shunt off" a certain amount of nervous impression that would
otherwise register itself as additional painful sensation. Similarly most
women and children understand the comfort of a "good cry," and its
benefit in shifting off a disagreeable mental state.

Section 106. The mind receives and stores impressions, and these
accumulated experiences are the basis of memory, comparison,
imagination, thought, and apparently spontaneous will. Voluntary
actions differ from reflex by the interposition of this previously stored
factor. For instance, when a frog sees a small object in front of him,
that may or may not be an edible insect, the direct visual impression
does not directly determine his subsequent action. It revives a number
of previous experiences, an image already stored of similar insects
and associated with painful or pleasurable gustatory experiences.
With these arise an emotional effect of desire or repulsion which,
passes into action of capture or the reverse.

Section 107. Voluntary actions may, by constant repetition, become
quasi-reflex in character. The intellectual phase is abbreviated away.
Habits are once voluntary and deliberated actions becoming
mechanical in this way, and slipping out of the sphere of mind. For
instance, many of the detailed movements of writing and walking
are performed without any attention to the details. An excessive
concentration of the attention upon one thing leads to
absent-mindedness, and to its consequent absurdities of
inappropriate, because imperfectly acquired, reflexes.

Section 108. This fluctuating scope of mind should be remembered,
more especially when we are considering the probable mental states
of the lower animals. An habitual or reflex action may have all the
outward appearance of deliberate adjustment. We cannot tell in any
particular case how far the mental comes in, or whether it comes in at
all. Seeing that in our own case consciousness does not enter
into our commonest and most necessary actions, into breathing and
digestion, for instance, and scarcely at all in the details of such acts
as walking and talking we might infer that nature was economical in
its use, and that in the case of such an animal as the Rabbit, which
follows a very limited routine, and in which scarcely any versatility in
emergencies is evident, it must be relatively inconsiderable. Perhaps
after all, pain is not scattered so needlessly and lavishly throughout
the world as the enemies of the vivisectionist would have us believe.

7. _The Nervous System_

Section 109. A little more attention must now be given to the
detailed anatomy of the peripheral and central nerve ends. A nerve, as
we have pointed out, terminates centrally in some ganglion cell, either
in a ganglion or in the spinal cord or brain; peripherally there is a
much greater variety of ending. We may have tactile (touch) ends
of various kinds, and the similar olfactory and gustatory end organs;
or the nerve may conduct efferent impressions, and terminate in a
gland which it excites to secretion, in a muscle end-plate, or in fact,
anywhere, where kataboly can be set going and energy disengaged.
We may now briefly advert to the receptive nerve ends.

Section 110. Many sensory nerves, doubtless, terminate in fine ends
among the tissues. There are also special touch corpuscles, ovoid
bodies, around which a nerve twines, or within which it terminates.

Section 111. The eye (Figure 8) has a tough, dense, outer coat, the
sclerotic (sc.), within which is a highly vascular and internally
pigmented layer, the choroid, upon which the percipient nervous layer,
the retina (r.) rests. The chief chamber of the eye is filled with
a transparent jelly, the vitreous humour (v.h.). In front of the eye, the
white sclerotic passes into the transparent cornea (c.). The
epidermis is continued over the outer face of this as a thin,
transparent epithelium. The choroid coat is continued in front by a
ring-shaped muscle, the iris (ir.) the coloured portion of the eyes. This
iris enlarges or contracts its central aperture (the black pupil)
by reflex action, as the amount of light diminishes or increases.
Immediately behind this curtain is the crystalline lens (l.), the
curvature of the anterior face or which is controlled by the ciliary
muscle (c.m.). In front of the lens is the aqueous humour (a.h.). The
description of the action of this apparatus involves the explanation of
several of the elementary principles of optics, and will be found by
the student in any text-book of that subject. Here it would have no
very instructive bearing, either on general physiological considerations
or upon anatomical fact.

Section 112. The structure of the retina demands fuller notice. Figure
9 shows an enlarged, diagram of a small portion of this, the
percipient part of the eye. The optic nerve (o.n. in Figure 8) enters
the eye at a spot called the blind spot (B.S.), and the nerve fibres
spread thence over the inner retinal surface. From this layer of nerve
fibres (o.n. in Figure 9) threads run outward, through certain clear
and granular layers, to an outermost stratum of little rods (r.) and
fusiform bodies called cones (c.), lying side by side. The whole of
the retina consists of quite transparent matter, and it is this outermost
layer of rods and cones (r. and c.) that receives and records the visual
impression. This turning of the recipient ends away from the light is
hardly what one would at first expect-- it seems such a roundabout
arrangement-- but it obtains in all vertebrata, and it is a striking point
of comparison with the ordinary invertebrate eye.

Section 113. We may pause to call the student's attention to a little
point in the physiology of nerves, very happily illustrated here. The
function of a nerve fibre is the conduction of impressions pure and
simple; the light radiates through the fibrous layer of the retina without
producing the slightest impression, and at the blind spot, where the
rods and cones are absent, and the nerve fibres are gathered
together, no visual impressions are recorded. If there is any doubt as
to the existence of a blind spot in the retinal picture, the proof is easy.
Let the reader shut his left eye, and regard these two asterisks, fixing
his gaze intently upon the left-hand one of them.

   *   *

At a distance of three or four inches from the paper, both spots will be
focussed on his retina, the left one in the centre of vision, and the
right one at some spot internal to this, and he will see them both
distinctly. Now, if he withdraws his head slowly, the right spot will of
course appear to approach the left, and at a distance of ten or twelve
inches it will, in its approach, pass over the blind spot and vanish, to
reappear as he continues to move his head away from the paper.
The function of nerve fibres is simply conduction, and the nature of the
impressions they convey is entirely determined by the nature of their
distal and proximal terminations.

Section 114. Certain small muscles in the orbit (eye-socket) move the
eye, and by their action contribute to our perception of the
relative position of objects. There is a leash of four muscles rising
from a spot behind the exit of the optic nerve from the cranium to the
upper, under, anterior, and posterior sides of the eyeball. These are
the superior, inferior, anterior, and posterior recti. Running from the
front of the orbit obliquely to the underside of the eyeball is the
inferior oblique muscle. Corresponding to it above is a superior oblique.
A lachrymal gland lies in the postero-inferior angle of the orbit, and a
Handerian gland in the corresponding position in front. In addition to
the upper and lower eyelids of the human subject, the rabbit has a
third, the nictitating lid, in the anterior corner of the eye.

Section 115. The ear (Sheet VII.) consists of an essential organ of
hearing, and of certain superadded parts. The essential part is called
the internal ear, and is represented in all the true vertebrata (i.e.,
excluding the lancelet and its allies). In the lower forms it is a hollow
membranous structure, embedded in a mass of cartilage, the otic
capsule; in the mammal the latter is entirely ossified, to form the
periotic bone. The internal ear consists of a central sac, from which
three semicircular canals spring. The planes of the three canals are
mutually at right angles; two are vertical, the anterior and posterior
(p.v.c.) vertical canals, and one is horizontal, the horizontal canal
(h.c.). There are dilatations, called ampullae, at the anterior base of
the anterior, and at the posterior base of the posterior and horizontal
canals. Indirectly connected with the main sac is a spirally-twisted
portion, resembling a snail shell in form, the cochlea. This last part
is distinctive of the mammalia, but the rest of the internal ear is
represented in all vertebrata, with one or two exceptions. The whole of
the labyrinth is membranous, and contains a fluid, the endolymph;
between the membranous wall of the labyrinth and the enclosing bone
is a space containing the perilymph. Strange as it may appear at first,
the entire lining of the internal ear is, at an early stage, continuous
with the general epidermis of the animal. It grows in just as a gland
might grow in, and is finally cut off from the exterior; but a
considerable relic of this former communication remains as a thin,
vertical blind tube (not shown in the figure), the ductus

Section 116. The eighth nerve runs from the brain case (Cr.), into the
periotic bone, and is distributed to the several portions of this
labyrinth. In an ordinary fish this internal ear is the sole auditory organ
we should find; the sound-waves would travel through the water to the
elastic cranium and so reach and affect the nerves. But in all
air-frequenting animals this original plan of an ear has to be added to,
to fit it to the much fainter sound vibrations of the compressible and
far less elastic air. A "receiving apparatus" is needed, and is supplied
by the ear-drum, middle ear, or tympanic cavity (T.). In the mammal
there is also a collecting ear trumpet (the ear commonly so-called),
the external ear, and external auditory meatus (e.a.m.). A tightly
stretched membrane, the tympanic membrane, separates this from
the drum. A chain of small bones, the malleus (m.), the incus (i.), the
os orbiculare (o.or.), a very small bone, and a stirrup-shaped stapes,
swing across the tympanum, from the tympanic membrane to the
internal ear. At two points the bony investment of this last is
incomplete-- at the fenestra rotunda (f.r.), and at the fenestra ovalis,
(f.o.), into which latter the end of the stapes fits, and so
communicates the sound vibrations of the tympanic membrane to the
endolymph. A passage, the Eustachian tube, communicates between
the tympanic cavity and the pharynx (Ph.), and serves to equalize the
pressure on either side of the drum-head. A comparative study of the
ears of the vertebrata brings to light the fact that, as we descend in
the animal scale, the four ear ossicles are replaced by large bones
and cartilages connected with the jaw, and the drum and Eustachian
tube by a gill slit. We have, in fact, in the ear, as the student will
perceive in the sequel, an essentially aquatic auditory organ, added to
and patched up to fit the new needs of a life out of water.

Section 117. The impressions of smell are conducted through the first
nerve to the brain, and are first received by special hair-bearing cells
in the olfactory mucous membrane of the upper part of the nasal
passage. The sense of taste has a special nerve in the ninth, the
fibres of which terminate in special cells and cell aggregates in the
little papillae (velvet pile-like processes) that cover the tongue.

Section 118. At an early stage in development, the brain of a
mammal consists of a linear arrangement of three hollow vesicles
(Figure 5, Sheet VIII., 1, 2, and 3), which are the fore-, mid-, and
hind-brain respectively. The cavities in these in these vesicles are
continuous with a hollow running through the spinal cord. On the
dorsal side of the fore-brain is a structure to be dealt with more fully
later, the pineal gland (p.g.), while on its under surface is the
pituitary body (pt.).

Section 119. The lower figure of (5) shows, in a diagrammatic manner,
the derivation of the adult brain from this primitive state. From the
fore-brain vesicle, a hollow outgrowth on either side gives rises to the
(paired) cerebral hemisphere (c.h.), which is prolonged forward as the
olfactory lobe (o.l.). From the fore-brain the retina of the eye and the
optic nerve also originate as an, at first, hollow outgrowth (op.). The
roof of the mid-brain is also thickened, and bulges up to form two
pairs of thickenings, the corpora quadrigemina, (c.q.). The hind-brain
sends up in front a median outgrowth, which develops lateral wings,
the cerebellum (cbm.), behind which the remainder of the hind-brain is
called the medulla oblongata, and passes without any very definite
demarcation into the spinal cord.

Section 120. Figure 1 is a corresponding figure of the actual state of
affairs in the adult. The brain is seen in median vertical section. (ch.)
is the right cerebral hemisphere, an inflated vesicle, which, in the
mammal-- but not in our lower types-- reaches back over the rest of
the fore-brain, and also over the mid-brain, and hides these and the
pineal gland in the dorsal view of the brain (Figure 2). The hollow of the
hemisphere on either side communicates with the third ventricle, the
original cavity of the fore-brain (1 in Figure 5), by an aperture (the
foramen of Monro), indicated by a black arrow (f.M.). Besides their
original communication through the intermediation of the fore-brain,
the hemispheres are also united above its roof by a broad bridge of
fibre, the corpus callosum (c.c.), which is distinctive of the
mammalian animals. The original fore-brain vesicle has its lateral
walls thickened to form the optic thalami (o.th.), between which a
middle commissure, (m.c.), absent in lower types, stretches like a
great beam across the third ventricle. The original fore-brain is often
called the thalamencephalon, the hemisphere, the prosencephalon,
the olfactory lobes, the rhinencephalon.

Section 121. The parts of mid-brain (mesencephalon) will be easily
recognised. Its cavity is in the adult mammal called the iter; its floor is
differentiated into bundles of fibres, the crura cerebri (c.cb.), figured
also in Figure 4.

Section 122. The cerebellum (metencephalon) consists of a central
mass, the vermis (v.cbm.), and it also has lateral lobes (l.l.),
prolonged into flocculi (f.cbm.), which lastare -em-bedded in pits, [in]
the periotic bone, and on that account render the extraction of the
brain from the cranium far more difficult than it would otherwise be.
The roof of the hind-brain, before and behind the cerebellum,
consists of extremely thin plates of nervous matter. Its floor is greatly
thickened to form the mass of the medulla, and in front a great
transverse track of fibres is specialized, the pons Varolii (p.V.). Its
cavity is called, the fourth ventricle.

Section 123. Figure 2 gives a dorsal view of the rabbit's brain; a
horizontal slice has been taken at the level of the corpus callosum.
The lateral ventricle (i.e., the hollows of the hemisphere) is not yet
opened. A lower cut (Figure 3) exposes this (V.L.). The level of these
slices is approximately indicated in Figure 1 by the lines A and B.
This latter figure will repay careful examination. The arrow, ar.,
plunges into the third ventricle, behind the great middle commissure
(m.c.), and the barb is supposed to lie under the roof of the
mid-brain, the corpora quadrigemina (c.q.). The position of ar. is also
indicated in Figure 1. Before reading on, the beginner should stop a
while here; he should carefully copy or trace our figures and, putting
the book aside, name the parts, and he should then recopy, on an
enlarged scale, and finally draw from memory, correct, and again
draw. By doing this before the brain is dissected a considerable
saving of time is possible.

Section 124. Proceeding from the brain are twelve pairs of cranial
nerves. From the fore-brain spring two pairs, which differ from the
rest of the cranial nerves in being, first of all, hollow outgrowths of
the brain-- the others are from the beginning solid. The first nerve is
the olfactory lobe, which sends numerous filaments through the
ethmoid bone to the olfactory organ. The second is the optic nerve,
the visual sensory nerve.

Section 125. The mid-brain gives rise to only one nerve, the third,
which supplies all the small muscles of the eye (see Section 114),
except the superior oblique and external rectus.

Section 126. The remainder of the nerves spring from the hind-brain.
The fourth pair supply the superior obliques, and the sixth the external
recti; so that III., IV., and VI. are alike purely motor nerves, small and
distributed, to the orbit. The fifth nerve, the trigeminal, is a much
larger and more important one; it is a mixed nerve, having three main
branches, of which the first two are chiefly sensory, the third almost
entirely motor; it lies deeply in the orbit. V1 (see Sheet 9) runs up
over the recti behind the eyeball, it is the ophthalmic branch; V2, the
maxillary branch, runs deeply under the eyeball and emerges in front
of the malar, and V3, the mandibular branch, runs down on the inner
side of the jaw-bone to the jaw muscles and tongue.

Section 127. If the student will now recur to the figures of the dog's
skull (Sheet 6), he will see certain apertures indicated in the cranial
wall. Of these, o.f. is the optic foramen for the exit of nerve II.,
perforating the orbito-sphenoid. Behind this there comes an irregular
aperture, (f.l.a.), the foramen lacerum anterius, giving exit to III., IV.,
VI., and V1. V2 emerges from the foramen rotundum, and V3 from the
foramen ovale, two apertures uniting behind a bony screen.* Just in
front of the bulla is a foramen lacerum medium (f.l.M.), through which
no nerve passes.

* In the rabbit's skull f.l. anterius, the foramen rotundum, and
foramen ovale are not distinct, and there are two condylar foramina
instead of one, through each of which, a moiety of XII. passes.

Section 128. The eighth nerve (auditory) is purely sensory, the nerve
of the special sense of hearing; it runs into the periotic bone, and
breaks up on the labyrinth. The seventh nerve (facial) is almost
entirely motor; it passes through the periotic anterior to VIII., and
emerges by the stylo-mastoid foramen (s.m.f.) behind the bulla, to run
outside the great jaw muscle across the cheek immediately under the
skin (Figure 1).

Section 129. The ninth (glossopharyngeal) nerve is chiefly sensory;
it is the special nerve of taste, and is distributed to the tongue. The
tenth nerve (vagus) arises by a number of roots, and passes out of the
skull, together with IX and XI, by the foramen lacerum -posterium-
[posterius] (f.l.p.). It is a conspicuous white nerve, and runs down the
neck by the side of the common carotid artery. It sends a superior
laryngeal branch (Xa) to the larynx. The left vagus passes ventral to
the aortic arch, and sends a branch (l.x.b.) under this along the
trachea to the larynx-- the recurrent laryngeal nerve. The
corresponding nerve on the right (r.x.b.) loops under the subclavian
artery. The main vagus, after this branching, passes behind the heart
to the oesophagus and along it to the stomach. XI., the spinal
accessory, supplies certain of the neck nerves. XII., the hypoglossal,
runs out of the skull by the condylar foramen (c.f.), is motor, crosses
the roots of XI., X., and IX., passes ventral to the carotid, and breaks
up among the muscles of the tongue and neck.

Section 130. Of the functions of the several parts of the brain there is
still very considerable doubt. With disease or willful destruction of
the cerebral tissue the personal initiative is affected-- the animal
becomes more distinctly a mechanism; the cerebellum is probably
concerned in the coordination of muscular movements; and the
medulla is a centre for the higher and more complicated respiratory
reflexes, yawning, coughing, and so on. The great majority of reflex
actions centre, however, in the spinal cord, and do not affect the

Section 131. A cross section of the spinal cord is shown in Figure 6,
Sheet 8. It is a cylinder, almost bisected by a dorsal (d.f.) and a
ventral (v.f.) fissure. Through its centre runs a central canal (c.c.),
continuous with the brain ventricles, and lined by ciliated epithelium.
The spinal cord consists of an outer portion, mainly of nervous fibres,
the white matter, and of inner, ganglionated, and more highly
vascular grey matter. (In the cerebrum the grey matter is external, and
the white internal.) The cord, like the brain, is surrounded by a
vascular fibrous investment, and protected from concussion by a
serous fluid. The nerves which emerge from the vertebral column
between the vertebrae, arise, unlike the cranial nerves, by two roots.
The dorsal of these, the sensory root (d.n.), has a swelling upon it, the
dorsal ganglion, and-- by experiments upon living animals-- has been
shown to contain only afferent fibres; the ventral, the motor
root, is without a ganglion, and entirely or mainly motor. The two unite
outside the cord, and thereafter the spinal nerves are both sensory
and motor.

Section 132. Besides the great mass of brain and spinal cord
(cerebro-spinal axis), there is, on either side of the dorsal wall of the
body cavity, a sympathetic nervous chain. The nerve fibres of this
system, like the nerve fibres of invertebrates, are non-medullated. It
may be seen as a greyish thread running close by the common
carotid in the neck (sym., Figure 1); it then runs over the heads of
the ribs in the thorax and close beside the dorsal aorta in the
abdominal region. In the anterior region of the neck it dilates to form
a superior cervical ganglion, and opposite the first rib it forms an
inferior cervical ganglion. Thence, backwards, there is a ganglion on
each sympathetic chain opposite each spinal nerve, and the two
exchange fibres through a thread, the ramus communicans. To the
sympathetic chain is delegated much of the routine work of reflex
control of the bloodvessels and other viscera, which would otherwise
fall upon the spinal cord.

Section 133. There are eight cervical (spinal) nerves, one in front of
the atlas, and one behind each of the cervical vertebrae. The last four
and the first thoracic (spinal) contribute to a leash of nerves running
out to the fore limb, the brachial plexus (plexus, literally network, but
here meaning a plaited cord). The fourth cervical also sends down a
phrenic nerve (p.n., Figure 1), along by the external jugular vein and
the superior caval vein to the diaphragm. The last three lumbar and
the sacral nerves form a sacral plexus, supplying the hind limb.

Section 134. From the sympathetic in the hinder region of the thorax
a nerve, the great splanchnic nerve, arises, and runs, back to a
ganglionated nervous network, just behind the coeliac artery, into
which the vagus also enters; this is the coeliac ganglion, and together
with a similar superior mesenteric ganglion around the corresponding
artery, makes up a subsidiary visceral nervous network, the solar
plexus. A similar and smaller nervous tangle, bearing an inferior
mesenteric ganglion, lies near the inferior mesenteric artery.

Section 135. Finally, we may note the pineal gland and the pituitary
body, as remarkable appendages above and below the
thalamencephalon. Their function, if they have a function, is altogether
unknown. Probably, they are inherited from ancestors to whom they
were of value. Such structures are called reduced or vestigial
structures, and among other instances are the clavicles of the rabbit,
the hair on human limbs, the little pulpy nodule in the corner of the
human eye, representing the rabbit's third eyelid, and the caudal
vertebrae at the end of the human spinal column. In certain lowly
reptiles, in the lampreys, and especially in a peculiar New Zealand
lizard, the pineal gland has the most convincing resemblance to an
eye, both in its general build and in the microscopic structure of its
elements; and it seems now more than probable that this little
vascular pimple in our brains is a relic of a third and median eye
possessed by ancestral vertebrata. The pituitary body is probably
equivalent to a ciliated pit we shall describe in the lacelet

8. _Renal and Reproductive Organs_

Section 136. We have now really completed our survey of the
individual animal's mechanism. But no animal that was merely
complete in itself would be long sanctioned by nature. For an animal
species to survive, there must evidently, also, be proper provision for
the production of young, and the preservation of the species as well
as of the individual. Hence in an animal's physiology and psychology
we meet with a vast amount of unselfish provision, and its structure
and happiness are more essentially dependent on the good of its kind
than on its narrow personal advantage. The mammalia probably owe
their present dominant position in the animal kingdom to the
exceptional sacrifices made by them for their young. Instead of
laying eggs and abandoning them before or soon after hatching, the
females retain the eggs within their bodies until the development of
the young is complete, and thereafter associate with them for the
purposes of nourishment, protection, and education. In the matter of
the tail, for instance, already noted, the individual rabbit incurs the
disadvantage of conspicuousness for the rear, in order to further the
safety of the young.

Section 137. The female organs of reproduction are shown in
Sheet 10. The essential organ is the ovary (ov.), in which the ova
(eggs) are formed. Figure 3 gives an enlarged and still more
diagrammatic rendering of the ovary. There is a supporting ground
mass, or stroma, into which numerous bloodvessels and nerves enter
and break up. The ova appear first as small cells in the external
substance of the ovary (as at 1), and move inward (2 and 3),
surrounded by a number of sister cells, which afford them
nourishment. At (4) an ovum with its surrounding group of cells is
more distinct and near the centre of the ovary; a fluid is appearing
within the ovisac as the development proceeds. (5) is a much more
mature ovisac or Graafian follicle.

Section 138. The ovum (ov.), is now large, and its nucleus and
nucleolus (the germinal vesicle and spot) are very distinct. The wall
of the follicle consists, in the mammal, of several layers of cells, the
membrana granulosa (or "granulosa" simply); the ovum lies on its
outer side embedded in a mass of cells, discus proligerus,
separated from actual contact with the ovum by a zona pellucida.
The ripening follicle moves to the surface of the ovary and bursts, the
ovum falls into the body cavity. In Figure 2, a ripe Graafian follicle
(G.F.), projects upon the ovary.

Section 139. The liberated ovum is caught up by the funnel-shaped
opening of the Fallopian tube, which passes without any very
conspicuous demarcation into the cornu uteri (c.ut.) of its side; the
two uterine cornua meeting together in the middle line form the vagina
(V.), which runs out into a vestibule (vb.) opening between tumid lips
to the exterior. The urinary bladder (ur.b.) also opens into the
vestibule, and receives the two ureters from the kidney.

Section 140. In the male we find, in the position of the female uterus,
a uterus masculinus (u.m.). The essential sexual organ is the testis
(T.), a compact mass of coiling tubuli, which opens by a number of
ducts, the vasa efferentia, into a looser and softer epididymis (ep.),
which sends the sexual product onward through a vas deferens (v.d.),
to open at the base of the uterus masculinus. The urinary bladder and
ureters correspond with those of the female, and the common
urogenital duct (= vestibule), the urethra, is prolonged into an erectile
penis (P.) surrounded by a fold of skin, the prepuce. A prostate gland
(pr.), contributes to the male sexual fluid. The character of the
essential male element, the spermatozoon, the general nature of the
reproductive process, will be conveniently deferred until the chapters
upon development are reached.

9. _Classificatory Points_

Section 141. The following facts of classificatory importance may now
be considered, but their full force will be better appreciated after the
study of other vertebrate types. They are such as come prominently
forward in the comparison of the rabbit with other organisms.

Section 142. In the first place, the rabbit is a metazoon, one of the
metazoa, i.e., a multicellular organism, as compared with the
amoeba, which belongs to the protozoa or one-cell animals (Section
55). In the next place, it is externally bilaterally symmetrical, its
parts balance, and where, in its internal anatomy, it departs from
this symmetry (as in the case of the aorta, the stomach and
intestines, and the kidneys), the departure has an appearance of
being the results of partial reductions and distortions of an originally
quite symmetrical plan. And the facts of development strengthen this
idea; in the very earliest stages we have paired aortic arches, of
which, the left only remains, a straight alimentary canal, and less
asymmetrical kidneys. In the vast majority of animals the same
bilateral symmetry is to be seen, but in the star-fish and sea-urchins,
and in the jelly-fish, corals, sea anemones, and hydra, the general
form of the animal is, instead, arranged round a centre, like a star and
its rays, and the symmetry is called radial.

Section 143. We also see in various organs of the rabbit, and
especially in the case of the limbs and vertebral column, what is
called metameric segmentation, that is, a repetition of parts, one
behind the other, along the axis of the body. Thus the bodies and
arches of the vertebrae repeat each other, and so do the spinal
nerves. The renal organ of the rabbit, some time before birth,
displays a metameric arrangement of its parts; but this disappears,
as development proceeds, into the compact kidney of the adult. But
the metameric segmentation in the rabbit's organism is not nearly so
marked as that of an earthworm, for instance, which is visibly a
chain of rings. If the student wants a perfect figure of metameric
segmentation he should think of a train of precisely similar
carriages, or a string of beads. One bead, one carriage, one
vertebra, would be a metamere.

Section 144. In contrast to metameric segmentation is the antimeric
repetition of radial symmetry (Section 142), in which each ray of the
star is called an antimere. It is possible to have bilateral symmetry
without a metameric arrangement of parts, as in the mussel and the
cuttle-fish; but metameric segmentation without complete or reduced
bilateral symmetry does not occur.

Section 145. We are now in a position to appreciate the fact that the
old and more popularly know division of animals into vertebrata and
invertebrata scarcely represents the facts of the case, that the
primary division should be into protozoa and metazoa, and that the
vertebrata are one of several groups of metazoa with a fundamental
bilateral symmetry and imperfect metameric segmentation.

The rabbit is one of the vertebrata, and, in common with all the other
animals collected under this head, it has--

   (a) A skeletal axis (the vertebral column) between its central
   nervous system and its body cavity. In the adult rabbit this
   consists of a chain of vertebrae, but in the embryo (i.e., the
   young rabbit before birth) it is represented by a continuous chord,
   the notochord, and it remains as such in some of the lowest
   vertebrata throughout life. In other words, in these lower
   vertebrata, the vertebral axis is not metameric.

   (b) A dorsal and -Tubular_ nervous axis. (Section 131, the central

   (c) It has, though in the embryo only, certain slits between the
   throat and the exterior, like the gill slits of a fish. Such
   slits are-- with one or two remarkable exceptions outside the
   sub-kingdom-- distinctly vertebrate features, and remain, of course,
   in fishes throughout life.

The presence of true cartilage and bone mark a vertebrate, but
vertebrata occur in which -these tissues- [bone] -are- [is] absent.

Section 146. The rabbit shares the following features with all the
vertebrata, except the true fishes, which do not possess any of them--

   (a) Lungs (but many fish have a swimming bladder which answers
   to the lungs in its anatomical relations.)

   (b) Limbs which consist of a proximal joint of one bone an
   intermediate part of two, and a distal portion which has five
   digits, or is evidently a reduced form of the five-digit limb.*

   (c) The absence of a median fin supported by fin rays.**

   * The frog shows indications of a sixth digit.
   ** The frog's tadpole has a median fin, but no fin rays.

Section 147. The rabbit shares the following features with all the
vertebrata above the fishes and amphibia (= frogs, toads, newts,
and etc.)--

   (a) Absence of gills (not gill slits, note) at any stage in

   (b) An amnion, and

   (c) An allantois in development.

The meaning of (b) and (c) we shall explain to the student in the
chapters on embryology. We simply mention them here to render
our table complete.

Section 148. The rabbit shares with all mammals, and differs from all
other vertebrata (i.e., birds, reptiles, amphibia, and fishes), in having--

   (a) Hair.

   (b) A diaphragm.

   (c) Only one aortic arch, and that on the left side of the body.

   (d) Its young born alive. (But two very reptile-like mammals of
   Australia, the duck-billed platypus and the echidna, lay eggs, and
   certain fish and reptiles bear living young.)

   (e) Epiphyses to its vertebral -centre- [centra].*

   (f) The cerebral hemispheres covering the mid-brain.

   (g) Corpora quadrigemina instead of bigemina.

   [(h) A corpus callosum.]

   [(i) A spirally coiled cochlea to the internal ear.]

   [(In respect to h and i also, the echidna and platypus are scarcely

   * But certain mammals have no such epiphyses.

Section 149. The rabbit, together with the hares and conies, rats and
mice, voles, squirrels, beavers, cavies, guineapigs is included in that
order of the class of mammals which is called the rodentia, and is
distinguished by the character of the incisor teeth from other orders of
the class.

10. _Questions and Exercises_

1. Describe the venous circulation of the rabbit (with diagrams).
Compare a vein and artery. Compare the distribution of the great
venous trunks with that of the arterial system.

2. Construct a general diagram of the circulation of the rabbit, to show
especially the relation of the portal system, the lymphatics and
lacteals, and the renal circulation to the main blood current.

3. Draw the alimentary canal of the rabbit from memory.

4. What is a villus? Describe its epithelium, and the vessels within it.
Write as explicit an account as you can of the absorbent action of a

5. Tabulate the alimentary secretions, and their action on the food.

6. What is botryoidal tissue? Where does it occur? What is known
of its functions?

7. Copy Diagram I. (enlarged), and insert upon it the visceral nerves
as far as you can.

8. What are the most characteristic points in the mammalian vertebral

9. Describe cartilage and bone, and compare them with one another.

10. Give an account of the amoeba, and compare it with a typical
tissue cell in a metazoon (e.g., the rabbit).

11. Give a general account of connective tissue. What is tendon?

12. Trace, briefly, the increased modification of tissues in the

13. Describe, with diagrams, the structure of blood. State the function
of each factor you describe.

14. Compare the pectoral with the pelvic limb and girdle. What other
structures of the adult rabbit display a similar repetition of similar

15. Draw from memory typical vertebrae from each region of the
vertebral column.

16. What are bilateral symmetry and metameric segmentation?

17. Give a schedule of distinctive mammalian features.

18. Describe the rabbit's brain (with diagrams).

19. Give a list of the cranial nerves of the rabbit, and note their origin
in the brain.

20. Give a list of the nerve apertures of the dog's skull.

21. What are the chief anatomical differences between a typical
cranial, a spinal, and a sympathetic nerve?

22. Describe and figure the distribution of nerves V., VII., IX., and X.

23. Describe the muscles, glands, and nerves of the orbit of the

24. Describe, with figures, the eye of the rabbit.

25. Give a diagram of the rabbit's internal ear.

26. Draw and describe the ear ossicles. What is their function?

27. Draw and state the precise position of the hyoid bone, the
clavicle, the calcaneum, and the olecranon process.

28. Describe, as accurately as possible, the position of palatine
bones, pterygoids, the ethmoid bone, the pre- and basi-sphenoids,
in the dog's skull.

29. What is membrane bone? What is cartilage bone? Discuss their
mutual relationship.

30. What is an excretion? What are the chief excretory products of an
animal? How are they removed?

31. Describe the minute anatomy of the liver. Give a general account
of its functions.

32. Describe the minute anatomy of the kidney, and the functions of
the several parts.

33. What is ciliated epithelium? Where does it occur in the rabbit?

34. Describe the mechanism of respiration. What is the relation of
respiration to the general life of the animal?

35. What are the functions of the skin? Describe its structure.

36. What is a secretion? Tabulate and classify secretary organs.
What is a goblet cell?

37. Draw, from memory, the dorsal and ventral aspects of, and a
median section through, a dog's skull.

38. Name any structures that appear to you to be vestiges or
rudiments, i.e., structures without adequate physiological reason, in
the rabbit's anatomy.

39. How are such structures interpreted?

40. Describe the structure of striated muscular fibre. Describe its
functions, and the various means by which they may be called into

41. Describe the characters and structure of the blood of the rabbit.
What is the lymphatic system? Describe its relation to the blood
system in a mammal.

42. Describe the structure of (a) blood, (b) hyaline cartilage, (c)
bone, in the rabbit; (d) point out the most important resemblances and
differences between these tissues; (e) state what you know of the
development of the same tissues.

43. Draw diagrams, with the parts named, of the male and female
generative organs of the rabbit.

44. In the rabbit provided dissect on one side and demonstrate by
means of flag-labels the main trunk of the vagus nerve, the phrenic
nerve, and the recurrent laryngeal nerve.

45. Dissect the rabbit provided so as to expose the abdominal
viscera. Mark with flag-labels the duct of the pancreas, the ureters,
and the oviducts or the sperm ducts (as the case may be).

   [Many of the above questions were actually set at London
   University Examinations in Biology.] {In Both Editions.}

-The Frog_

1. _General Anatomy_

Section 1. We will now study the adult anatomy of the frog, and
throughout we shall make constant comparisons with that of the
rabbit. In the rabbit we have a distinctly land-loving, burrowing animal;
it eats purely vegetable food, and drinks but little. In the frog we have
a mainly insectivorous type, living much in the water. This involves the
moister skin, the shorter alimentary canal, and the abbreviated neck
(Rabbit, Section 2) of the frog; the tail is absent-- in a fish it would do
the work the frog accomplishes with his hind legs-- and the apertures
which are posterior in the rabbit, run together into one dorsal opening,
the cloaca. There is, of course (Rabbit, Section 4), no hair the skin is
smooth, and an external ear is also absent. The remarkable
looseness of the frog's skin is due to great lymph spaces between it
and the body wall.

Section 2. If we now compare the general anatomy of the frog (vide
Sheet 11) with that of the rabbit, we notice that the diaphragm is
absent (Rabbit, Section 4), and the body cavity, or coelom, is, with
the exception of the small bag of the pericardium round the heart, one
continuous space. The forked tongue is attached in front of the lower
jaw, and can be flicked out and back with great rapidity in the capture
of the small insects upon which the frog lives. The posterior nares
open into the front of the mouth-- there is no long nasal chamber, and
no palate, and there is no long trachea between the epiglottis and the
lungs. The oesophagus is less distinct, and passes gradually, so far
as external appearances go, into the bag-like stomach, which is
much less inflated and transverse than that of the rabbit. The
duodenum is not a U-shaped loop, but makes one together with the
stomach; the pancreas lies between it and the stomach, and is more
compact than the rabbit's. There is no separate pancreatic duct, but
the bile duct runs through the pancreas, and receives a series of
ducts from that gland as it does so. The ileum is shorter, there is no
sacculus rotundus, and the large intestine has no caecum, none of
the characteristic sacculations of the rabbit's colon, and does not loop
back to the stomach before the rectum section commences. The
anus opens not upon the exterior, but into a cloacal chamber. The
urinary and genital ducts open separately into this cloaca, and
dorsally and posteriorly to the anus. The so-called urinary bladder is
ventral to the intestine, in a position answering to that of the rabbit,
but it has no connection with the ureters, and it is two-horned.

Section 3. The spleen is a small, round body, not so intimately
bound to the stomach as in the rabbit, but in essentially the same

Section 4. Much that we knew of the physiology of the frog is arrived
at mainly by inferences from our mammalian knowledge. Its histology
is essentially similar. Ciliated epithelium is commoner and occurs
more abundantly than in the rabbit, in the roof of the mouth for
instance, and its red blood corpuscles are much larger, oval, and

Section 5. The lungs of the frog are bag-like; shelves and spongy
partitions project into their cavities, but this structure is much simpler
than that of the rabbit's lung, in which the branching bronchi, the
imperfect cartilaginous rings supporting them, alveoli, arteries and
veins, form together a quasi-solid mass.

Section 6. The mechanism of respiration is fundamentally different
from that of the mammal. The method is as follows:-- The frog opens
its anterior nares, and depresses the floor of the mouth, which
therefore fills with air. The anterior nares are then closed, and the floor
mouth rises and forces the air into the lungs-- the frog, therefore,
swallows its air rather than inhales it. The respiratory instrument of
the rabbit is a suction pump, while that of the frog is a "buccal force

Section 7. The heart is not quadrilocular (i.e., of four chambers), but
trilocular (of three), and two structures, not seen in Lepus, the
truncus arteriosus and the sinus venosus, into the latter of which
the venous blood runs before entering the right auricle, are to be
noted. The single ventricle is blocked with bars of tissue that render
its interior, not an open cavity, but a spongy mass. Figure 2, Sheet
11, shows the heart opened; l.au. and r.au. are the left and right
auricles respectively; the truncus arteriosus is seen to be imperfectly
divided by a great longitudino-spiral valve (l.s.v.); p.c. is the
pulmo-cutaneous artery -going to the lungs- [supplying skin and
lungs]; d.ao., the dorsal aorta [furnishing the supply of the body and
limbs]; and c.a. the carotid artery going to the head; all of which
vessels (compare Figure 1) are paired.

Section 8. It might be inferred from this that pure and impure blood
mix in the ventricle, and that a blood of uniform quality flows to lungs,
head, and extremities; but this is not so. The spongy nature of the
ventricle sufficiently retards this mixing. It will be noted that the
opening of pulmonary arteries lies nearest to the heart, next come the
aortic and carotid arches, which have a common opening at A.
Furthermore, at c.g.l. [the carotid artery, repeatedly divides to form a
close meshwork of arterioles, the carotid gland, forming a sponge-like
plug in this vessel.] is a spongy mass of matter, the carotid gland
inserted upon the carotid. Hence the pulmonary arteries yawn nearest
for the blood, and, being short, wide vessels, present the least
resistance to the first rush of blood-- mainly venous blood for the right
auricle. As they fill up, the back resistance in them becomes equal,
and then greater, than the resistance at A, and the rush of blood, now
of a mixed quality passes through that aperture. It selects the dorsal
aorta, because the carotid arch, plugged by the carotid gland, offers
the greater resistance. Presently, however, the back resistance of the
filled dorsal aorta rises above this, and the last flow of blood, from the
ventricular systole-- almost purely oxygenated blood for the left
auricle-- goes on towards the head.

Section 9. At the carotid gland the carotid artery splits into -an- [a]
-external carotid- [lingual] (e.c.), and a deeper internal carotid. The
dorsal aorta passes round on each side of the oesophagus, as
indicated by the dotted lines in Figure 2, Sheet 11, and meets its
fellow dorsal to the liver. Each arch gives off subclavian arteries to the
limbs, and the left, immediately before meeting the right, gives off the
coeliaco-mesenteric artery [to the alimentary canal]. This origin of the
coeliaco-mesenteric artery a little to the left, is the only asymmetry
(want of balance) in the arterial system of the frog, as contrasted with
the very extensive asymmetry of the great vessels near the heart of
the rabbit. [Posteriorly the dorsal aorta forks into two common iliac
arteries (right and left) supplying the hind limbs.]

Section 10. Figure 3 gives a side view of the frog, to display the

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [The venous return to the heart, as in the rabbit, is by paired venae
   cavae anteriores and by a single vena cava inferior. The factors of the
   anterior cava on either side are an external jugular (ex.j.) an
   innominate vein (in.v.) and subclavian (scl.v.). The last receives not
   only the brachial vein (b.v.) from the fore limb, but also a large vein
   bringing blood for the skin, the cutaneous (p.v.). The innominate vein
   has also two chief factors, the internal jugular (l.i.j.v.) and the
   subscapular (s.s.v.). The blood returns from each hind limb by a
   sciatic (l.sc.) or femoral (f.m.) vein, and either passes to a renal portal
   vein (l.r.p.), which breaks into capillaries in the kidney, or by a paired
   pelvic vein (l.p.v. in Figures 1 and 3) which meets its fellow in the
   middle line to form the anterior abdominal vein (a.ab.v.) going forward
   and uniting with the (median) portal vein (p.v.) to enter the liver.]

-The vessels are named in the references to the figure, which should
be carefully copied and mastered. Here we need only- [Comparing
with the rabbit, we would especially] call attention to the fact that the
vena cava inferior extends posteriorly only to the kidney, and that
there is a renal portal system. The blood from the hind limbs either
flows by the anterior abdominal vein to the portal vein and liver, or it
passes by the renal portal vein to the kidney. There the vein breaks
up, and we find in the frog's kidney, just as we find in the frog's and
rabbit's liver, a triple system of (a) nutritive arterial, (b) afferent*
venous and (c) efferent** venous vessels.

* a, ad = to;
** e, ex = out of.

{This Section missing from Second Edition.}
-Section 11. It is not very improbable that the kidney of the frog
shares, or performs, some of the functions of the rabbit's liver, or
parallel duties, in addition to the simply excretory function. Since
specialization of cells must be mainly the relatively excessive
exaggeration of some one of the general properties of the
undifferentiated cell, it is not a difficult thing to imagine a gradual
transition, as we move from one organism to another, of the functions
of glands and other cellular organs. It is probable that the mammalian
kidney is, physiologically, a much less important (though still quite
essential) organ than the structures which correspond to it in position
and development in the lower vertebrate types.-

Section 12. The lymphatic system is extensively developed in the
frog, but, in the place of a complete system of distinctly organized
vessels, there are great lymph sinuses (compare Section 1). In Figure
5, Sheet 12, the position of two lymph hearts (l.h., l.h.) which pump
lymph into the adjacent veins, is shown.

Section 13. The skull of the frog will repay a full treatment, and will
be dealt with by itself later. The vertebral column (Sheet 12)
consists of nine vertebrae, the centra of which have faces, not flat, but
hollow in front (pro-coelous), and evidently without epiphyses
(compare the Rabbit). The anterior is sometimes called the atlas, but
it is evidently not the homologue of the atlas of the rabbit, since the
first spinal nerve has a corresponding distribution to the twelfth cranial
of the mammal, and since, therefore, it is probable that the
mammalian skull = the frog's skull + one (or more) vertebrae
incorporated with it. Posteriorly the vertebral column terminates in the
urostyle, a calcified unsegmented rod. The vertebrae have transverse
processes, but no ribs.

Section 14. The fore-limb (Figure 6, Sheet 12) consists of an upper
segment of one bone, the humerus, as in the rabbit; a middle section,
the radius and ulna, fused here into one bone, and not, as in the
mammalian type, separable; of a carpus, and of five digits, of which
the fourth is the longest. The shoulder girdle is more important and
complete than that of the higher type. There is a scapula (sc.) with an
unossified cartilaginous supra-scapula (s.sc.); the anterior border of
the scapula answers to the acromion. On the ventral side a
cartilaginous rod, embraced by the clavicle (cl.) (a membrane bone in
this type), runs to the sternum, and answers to the clavicle of the
rabbit. In the place of the rabbit's coracoid process, is a coracoid
bone (co.), which reaches from the glenoid cavity to the sternum; it is
hidden on the right side of Figure 6, which is a dorsal view of the
shoulder girdle. There is a pre-omosternum (o.st.) and a
post-omosternum, sometimes termed a xiphisternum (x.).

Section 15. Figure 7 shows the pelvic girdle and limb of the frog.
There is a femur (f.); tibia and fibula (t. and f.) are completely fused;
the proximal bones of the tarsus, the astragalus (as.), and calcaneum
(cal.) are elongated, there are five long digits, and in the calcar (c.) an
indication of a sixth. With considerable modifications of form, the
three leading constituents of the rabbit's pelvic girdle occur in
relatively identical positions. The greatly elongated ilium (il.)
articulates with the single (compare Rabbit) sacral vertebra (s.v. in
Figure 5). The ischium (is.) is relatively smaller than in the rabbit, and
the pubis (pu.) is a ventral wedge of unossified cartilage. The shape of
the pelvic girdle of the frog is a wide departure from that found among
related forms. In connection with the leaping habit, the ilia are greatly
elongated, and the pubes and ischia much reduced. Generally
throughout the air-frequenting vertebrata, we find the same
arrangement of these three bones, usually in the form of an inverted.
Y-- the ilium above, the ischium and pubis below, and the acetabulum
at the junction of the three.

Section 16. The uro-genital organs of the frog, and especially those
of the male, correspond with embryonic stages of the rabbit. In this
sex the testes (T., Sheet 13) lie in the body cavity, and are white
bodies usually dappled with black pigment. Vasa efferentia (v.e.) run
to the internal border of the anterior part of the kidney, which answers,
therefore, to the rabbit's epididymis. The hinder part of the kidney is
the predominant renal organ. There is a common uro-genital duct, into
which a seminal vesicle, which is especially large in early spring,
opens. This is the permanent condition of the frog. In the rabbit, for
urogenital duct, we have ureter and vas deferens; the testes and that
anterior part of the primitive kidney, the epididymis, shift back into the
scrotal sacs, and the ureters shift round the rectum and establish a
direct connection with the bladder, carrying the genital ducts looped
over them. The oviducts of the female do not fuse distally to form a
median vagina as they do in the rabbit. In front of the genital organ in
both sexes is a corpus adiposum (c.ad.), which acts as a fat store,
and is peculiar to the frogs and toads. The distal end of the oviduct of
the female is in the breeding season (early March) enormously
distended with ova, and the ovaries become then the mere vestiges of
their former selves. The distal end of the oviduct is, therefore, not
unfrequently styled the uterus. There is no penis in the male,
fertilisation of the ova occurring as they are squeezed out of the
female by the embracing fore limbs of the male. The male has a pad,
black in winter, shown in Figure 1, which is closely pressed against
the ventral surface of the female in copulation, and which serves as a
ready means of distinguishing the sex.

Section 17. The spinal cord has a general similarity to that of the
rabbit; the ratio of its size to that of the brain is larger, and the
nerves number ten pairs altogether. The first of these (sp. 1, in
Figure 2, Sheet -12- ) {First Edition error.} [13] corresponds in
distribution with the rabbit's hypoglossal nerve, a point we shall refer to
again when we speak of the skull. The second and third constitute the
brachial plexus. The last three form the sciatic plexus going to the
hind limb.

Section 18. The same essential parts are to be found in the brain of
both frog and rabbit, but in the former the adult is not so widely
modified from the primitive condition as in the latter. The fore-brain
consists of a thalamencephalon (th.c. and 1), which is exposed in the
dorsal view of the brain, and which has no middle commissure. The
cerebral hemispheres (c.h.) are not convoluted, do not extend back to
cover parts behind them, as they do in the rabbit, and are not
connected above the roof of the thalamencephalon by a corpus
callosum. Moreover, the parts usually regarded, as the olfactory lobes
(rh.) fuse in the middle line. The mid-brain gives rise to the third
nerve, and has the optic lobes on its dorsal side, but these are hollow,
and they are not subdivided by a transverse groove into corpora
quadrigemina, as in the rabbit. In the hind-brain the cerebellum is a
mere band of tissue without lateral lobes or flocculi, and the medulla
gives origin only to nerves four to ten; there is no eleventh nerve, and
the hypoglossal is the first spinal-- from which it has been assumed
that the rabbit's medulla equals that of the frog, plus a portion of the
spinal cord incorporated with it. The hypoglossal is very distinctly
seen on opening the skin beneath the hyoid plate.

Section 19. The first, second, third, and fourth cranial nerves of the
frog correspond with those of the rabbit in origin and distribution. So
do five, six and eight. The seventh nerve forks over the ear-drum-- the
larger branch emerging behind it and running superficially, as shown
in Figure 4. There is also a deeper palatine branch of VII. (P.) running
under V2 and V3 below the orbit, and to be seen together with V1 and
V2 after removal of the eyeball. The ninth nerve similarly forks over the
first branchial slit of the tadpole, and evidence of the fork remains in
the frog. It is seen curving round anterior to the hypoglossal nerve, and
lying rather deeper in dissection. The vagus (tenth) nerve is distributed
to heart, lungs, and viscera-- in the tadpole it also sends for forking
branches over the second, third, and fourth branchial slits. It lies
deeper than IX., and internal to the veins, and runs close beside the
cutaneous artery. Most of these nerves are easily dissected and no
student should rest satisfied until he has actually seen them.

Section 20. The sympathetic chain is closely connected with the
aorta. It is, of course, paired, and is easily found in dissection by
lifting the dorsal aorta and looking at its mesentery. In the presence of
ganglia corresponding to the spinal nerves, and of rami
communicantes, it resembles that of the rabbit.

Section 21. The whole of this chapter is simply a concise
comparison, of frog and rabbit. In addition to reading it, the student
should very carefully follow the annotations to the figures, and should
copy and recopy these side by side with the corresponding diagrams
of the other types.

2. _The Skull of the Frog (and the vertebrate skull

Section 22. We have already given a description of the mammalian
skull, and we have stated where the origin of the several bones was in
membrane, and where in cartilage; but a more complete
comprehension of the mammalian skull becomes possible with the
handling of a lower type. We propose now, first to give some short
account of the development and structure of the skull of the frog,
and then to show briefly how its development and adult arrangement
demonstrate the mammalian skull to be a fundamentally similar
structure, complicated and disguised by further development and

Section 23. Figure 1,I. Sheet 14, shows a dorsal view of a young
tadpole cranium; the brain has been removed, and it is seen that it
was supported simply upon two cartilaginous rods, the trabeculae
cranii (tr.c.). Behind these trabeculae comes the notochord (n.c.), and
around its anterior extremity is a paired tract of cartilage, the
parachordals (p.c.). These structures, underlying the skull, are all that
appear[s] at first of the brain box. In front, and separate from the
cranium, are the nasal organs (n.c.); the eyes lie laterally to the
trabeculae, and laterally to the parachordals are two tracts of cartilage
enclosing the internal ear, the otic capsules.

Section 24. Figure 1, II., is a more advanced, phase of the same
structures. The trabeculae have met in front and sent forward a
median (c.t.) and lateral parts (a.o.) to support the nasal organs. They
have also flattened, out very considerably, and have sent up walls on
either side of the brain to meet above it and form an incomplete roof
(t.) over it. The parachordals have similarly grown up round, the
hind-brain and formed a complete ring, the roof of which
is indicated, by b. Further, the otic capsules are fusing with the
brain-case. With certain differences of form these elements-- the
trabeculae, the parachordals, and the otic capsules, are also the first
formed structures of the mammalian cranium.

Section 25. In Figures 1,I. and II., there appears beneath the eye a
bar of cartilage (p.p.), the palato-pterygoid cartilage, which is also to
be seen from the side in Figures 8,I. and III. It will be learnt from these
latter that this bar is joined in front to the cranium behind the nasal
organ, and behind to the otic capsule. The cartilaginous bar from the
palato-pterygoid to the otic capsule is called the quadrate, and at the
point of junction, at the postero-ventral angle of the palato-pterygoid,
articulates with the cartilaginous bar which is destined to form the
substratum of the lower jaw-- Meckel's cartilage (M.c. in Figure 8,I.).

Section 26. Figure 2 shows a dorsal view of these structures in a
young frog. The parts corresponding to these in 1,II. will be easily
made out, but now ossification has set in at various points of this
cartilaginous cranium. In front of the otic capsule is the paired
pro-otic bone (p.o.); behind it at the sides of the parachordal ring is
the paired ex-occipital (e.o.); in front of the cranium box, and behind
the nasal capsules, is a ring of bone, the (median, but originally
paired) sphenethmoid (s.e.). -A paired ossification appears in the
palato-pterygoid cartilage the pterygoid bone (pt.), while- A splint of
bone, the quadrato-jugal, appears at the angle of articulation with the
lower jaw. These are all the cartilage bones that appear in the cranium
and upper jaw of the frog.

Section 27. But another series of bones, developed first chiefly in
dermal connective tissue, and coming to plate over the cranium of
cartilage, are not shown in Figure 2. They are, however, in Figure 3.
These membrane bones are: along the dorsal middle line, the
parieto-frontals (p.f.), originally two pairs of bones which fuse in
development, and the nasals (na.). Round the edge of the jaw, and
bearing the teeth, are pre-maxillae (p.m.), and maxillae (mx.), and
overlying the quadrate cartilage and lateral to the otic capsules are
the T-shaped squamosal bones (sq.). In the ventral view of the skull
(Figure 4) we see a pair of vomers (vo.) bearing teeth, a pair of
palatines (pal.), [and a pair of pterygoids (pt.)] (which [palatines and
pterygoids, we may note,] unlike those of the rabbit, are -stated to be-
membrane bones), and a great median dagger-shaped para-sphenoid
(p.sp.). These two Figures, and 5, which shows the same bones in
side view, should be carefully mastered before the student proceeds
with this chapter. The cartilage bones are distinguished from
membrane bones by cross-shading.

Section 28. Turning now to Figure 8,I., we have a side view of a
tadpole's skull. On the ventral side of the head is a series of vertical
cartilaginous bars, the visceral arches supporting the walls of the
tadpole's gill slits. The first of these is called the hyoid arch (c.h.),
and the four following this, the first (br.1), second, third, and fourth
(br.4), branchial arches. Altogether there are four gill slits and between
the hyoid arch and the jaw arch, as it is called (= Meckel's cartilage +
the palato-pterygoid), is "an imperforate slit," which becomes the
ear-drum.* The frog no longer breathes by gills, but by lungs, and the
gills are lost, the gill slits closed, and the branchial arches
consequently much reduced. Figures 8, II., and 8, III., show stages in
this reduction. The hyoid arch becomes attached, to the otic capsule,
and its median ventral plate, including also the vestiges of the first,
second, and fourth branchial arches, is called the hyoid apparatus. In
Figure 5, the apparatus is seen from the side; c.h. is called the (right)
anterior cornu** of the hyoid. The function of the hyoid apparatus in
the frog is to furnish, a basis of attachment to the tongue muscles; it
remains cartilaginous, with the exception of the relic of one branchial
arch, which ossifies as the thyro-hyal (Figure 7 th.h.). It will be noted
that, as development proceeds, the angle of the jaw swings backward,
and the hyoid apparatus, shifts relatively forward. These changes of
position are indicated in Figure 8, III., by little arrow-heads.

* We may note here that, comparing the ear of the frog with that of the
rabbit, there is no external ear. There is, moreover, no bulla supporting
the middle ear, and the tympanic membrane stretches between the
squamosal in front and the anterior cornu of the hyoid behind. A
rod-like columella auris replaces the chain of ear ossicles, and may,
or may not, answer to the stapes alone, or even possibly to the entire
series. In the internal ear there is no cochlea, and the otic mass is
largely cartilaginous instead of entirely bony.

** Plural cornua.

Section 29. Before proceeding to the comparison of the mammalian
skull with this, we would strongly recommend the student thoroughly
to master this portion of the work, and in no way can he do this more
thoroughly and quickly than by taking a parboiled frog, picking off the
skin, muscle, and connective tissue from its skull, and making out the
various bones with the help of our diagrams.

Section 30. Figure 9 represents, in the most diagrammatic way, the
main changes in form of the essential constituents of the cranio-facial
apparatus, as we pass from the amphibian to the mammalian skull. F.
is the frog from the side and behind; b.c. is the brain-case, o.c. the
otic capsule, e. the eye, n.c. the nasal capsule, p.p. the
palato-pterygoid cartilage, mx. the maxillary membrane bones, sq.
the squamosal, and mb. the mandible. The student should compare
with Figure 5, and convince himself that he appreciates the
diagrammatic rendering of these parts. Now all the distinctive
differences in form, from this of the dog's skull (D.), are reducible to
two primary causes--

   (1) The brain is enormously larger, and the brain-case is vastly
   inflated, so that--

      (a) the otic capsule becomes embedded in the brain-case wall;

      (b) the palato-pterygoid rod lies completely underneath the
      brain-case instead of laterally to it;

      (c) the squamosal tilts down and in, instead of down and out,
      and the lower jaw articulates with its outer surface instead
      of below its inner, and, moreover, with the enormous distention
      of the brain-case it comes about that the squamosal is
      incorporated with its wall.

   (2) The maxilla anteriorly and the palatine posteriorly send down
   palatine plates that grow in to form the bony palate, cutting off
   a nasal passage (n.p.) from the mouth cavity (m.p.), and carrying the
   posterior nares from the front part of the mouth, as they are in the
   frog, to the pharynx. Hence the vomers of the dog lie, not in the
   ceiling of the mouth, but in the floor of this nasal passage.

Section 31. The quadrate cartilage of the frog is superseded by the
squamosal as the suspensorium of the lower jaw. It is greatly
reduced, therefore; but it is not entirely absent. In the young mammal,
a quadrate cartilage can be traced, connected with the
palato-pterygoid cartilage, and articulating with Meckel's cartilage. Its
position is, of course, beneath the squamosal, and just outside the
otic capsule. As development proceeds, the increase in size of the
quadrate, does not keep pace with that of the skull structures. It loses
its connection with the palato-pterygoid, and apparently ossifies as a
small ossicle-- the incus of the middle ear. A small nodule of
cartilage, cut off from the proximal end of Meckel's cartilage, becomes
the malleus. The stapes would appear to be derived from the hyoid
arch. Hence these small bones seem to be the relics of the discarded
jaw suspensorium of the frog utilized in a new function. Considerable
doubt, however, attaches to this interpretation-- doubt that, if anything,
is gaining ground.

Section 32. The tympanic bulla of the dog is not indicated in Diagram
9, and it would appear to be a new structure (neomorph), not
represented in the frog.

Section 33. Besides these great differences in form, there are
important differences in the amount and distribution of centres of
ossification of the skull of frog and mammal. There is no
parasphenoid in the mammal*; and, instead, a complete series of
ossifications, the median-, basi-, and pre-sphenoids, and the lateral
ali- and orbito-sphenoids occur. The points can be rendered much
more luminously in a diagram than in the text, and we would counsel
the student to compare this very carefully with that of the Rabbit.

* Faint vestigeal indications occur in the developing skulls of some

Section 34.


      -Nasal_ (paired), -Vomer_ (paired)
      -Fronto-Parietal_, Sphenethmoid Bone (median), Eye, Pro-otic Bone,
      Otic Cartilage, Ex-occipital (paired)
      -Para-sphenoid Bone_

   -Upper Jaw_

      -Pre-Maxilla_ (paired), -Palatine_ (paired), Pterygoid (paired),
      -Squamosal_, Quadrate Cartilage {To 1.}
      1. Quadrato-Jugal

   -Lower Jaw_

      Mento-meckelian, -Dentary_, -Articulare- [-Angulo Splenial_]

Section 35. -Points especially- [Additional points] to be noticed are:

   (1) The otic capsule (= periotic bone) of the dog ossifies from a
   number of centres, one of which is equivalent to the frog's prootic.

   (2) The several constituents of the lower jaw are not to be
   distinguished in the adult mammal.

   (3) The frog has no lachrymal bone.

Section 36. We are now in a position to notice, without any danger of
misconception, what is called the segmental theory of the skull. Older
anatomists, working from adult structure only, conceived the idea that
the brain-case of the mammal represented three inflated vertebrae.
The most anterior had the pre-sphenoid for its body, the
orbito-sphenoids for its neural processes, and the arch was
completed above by the frontals (frontal segment). Similarly, the
basi-sphenoids, ali-sphenoids, and parietals formed a second arch
(parietal segment), and the ex-, basi-, and supra-occipitals a third
(occipital segment). If this were correct, in the frog, which is a more
primitive rendering of the vertebrate plan, we should find the vertebral
characters more distinct. But, as a matter of fact, as the student will
perceive, frontal segment, parietal segment, and occipital segment,
can no longer be traced; and the mode of origin from trabeculae and
para-chordals show very clearly the falsity of this view. The vertebrate
cranium is entirely different in nature from vertebrae. The origin of the
parietals and frontals as paired bones in membrane reinforces this

Section 37. But as certainly as we have no such metameric
segmentation, as this older view implies, in the brain-case of the frog,
so quite as certainly is metameric segmentation evident in its
branchial arches. We have the four gill slits of the tadpole and their
bars repeating one another; the hyoid bar in front of these is evidently
of a similar nature; and that the ear drum is derived from an
imperforate gill slit is enforced by the presence of an open slit (the
spiracle) in the rays and dog-fish in an entirely equivalent position.
Does the mouth answer to a further pair of gill slits, and is the jaw
arch (palato-pterygoid + Meckel's cartilage) equivalent to the arches
that come behind it? This question has been asked, and answered in
the affirmative, by many morphologists, but not by any means by all.
The cranial nerves have a curious similarity of arrangement with regard
to the gill slits and the mouth; the fifth nerve forks over the mouth, the
seventh forks over the ear drum, the ninth, in the tadpole and fish,
forks over the first branchial slit, and the tenth is, as it were, a leash
of nerves, each forking over one of the remaining gill slits. But this
matter will be more intelligible when the student has worked over a
fish type, and need not detain us any further now.

Section 38. See also Section 13 again, in which is the suggestion
that the occipital part of the skull is possibly a fusion of vertebrae, a
new view with much in its favour, and obviously an entirely different
one from the old "segmental" view of the entire skull, discussed in
Section 36.

_Questions on the Frog_

   [All these questions were actually set at London University
   Examinations.] {In Both Editions.}

1. Give an account, with illustrative sketches, of the digestive organs
of the common frog, specifying particularly the different forms of
epithelium met with in the several regions thereof.

2. Describe the heart of a frog, and compare it with that of a fish and
of a mammal, mentioning in each case the great vessels which open
into each cavity.

3. Compare with one another the breathing organs and the
mechanism of respiration in a frog and in a rabbit. Give figures
showing the condition of the heart and great arteries in these animals,
and indicate in each case the nature of the blood in the several
cavities of the heart.

4. Draw diagrams, with the parts named, illustrating the arrangement
of the chief arteries of (a) the frog, (b) the rabbit. (c) Compare briefly
the arrangements thus described. (d) In what important respects does
the vascular mechanism of the frog differ from that of the fish, in
correlation with the presence of lungs?

5. In the frog provided, free the heart, both aortic arches, dorsal aorta
as far as its terminal bifurcation, and both chains of sympathetic
ganglia from surrounding structures; and remove them, in their
natural connection, from the animal into a watch-glass.

6. Describe the male and female reproductive organs of the common
frog, and give some account of their development.

7. Describe, with figures, the bones of the limbs and limb-girdles of a

8. Remove the brain from the frog provided, and place it in spirit. Make
a lettered drawing of its ventral and dorsal surfaces.

9. Point out the corresponding regions in the brain of a frog and a
mammal, and state what are the relations of the three primary
brain-vesicles to these regions.

10. (a) Give an account, with diagrams, of the brain of the frog; (b)
point out the most important differences between it and the brain of
the rabbit. (c) Describe the superficial origin and the distribution of the
third, (d) of the fifth, (e) of the seventh., (f) of the ninth, and
(g) of the tenth cranial nerves of the frog.

11. Describe, with figures, the brain of a frog, and compare it with that
of a rabbit. What do you know concerning the functions of the several
parts of the brain in the frog?

12. Describe briefly the fundamental properties of the spinal cord in
the frog. By what means would you determine whether a given nerve
is motor or sensory?

13. Prepare the skull of the frog provided. Remove from it and place in
glycerine on a glass slip the fronto-parietal and parasphenoid bones.
Label them. Mark on the skull with long needles and flag-labels the
sphenethmoid and the pro-otic bones.

14. Compare the skull of the rabbit and the frog; especially in regard
to the attachment of the jaw apparatus to the cranium, and other
points which distinctly characterize the higher as contrasted with the
lower vertebrata.

15. Describe the skeleton of the upper and lower jaw (a) in the frog,
(b) in the rabbit. Point out exactly what parts correspond with one
another in the two animals compared. (c) What bone in the rabbit is
generally regarded as corresponding to the quadrate cartilage of the

-The Dog-Fish_

1. _General Anatomy_

Section 1. In the dog-fish we have a far more antique type of
structure than in any of the forms we have hitherto considered.
Forms closely related to it occur among the earliest remains of
vertebrata that are to be found in the geological record. Since the
immeasurably remote Silurian period, sharks and dog-fish have
probably remained without any essential changes of condition, and
consequently without any essential changes of structure, down to
the present day. Then, as now, they dominated the seas. They
probably branched off from the other vertebrata before bone had
become abundant in the inner skeleton, which is consequently in their
case cartilaginous, with occasional "calcification" and no distinct
bones at all. Unlike the majority of fish, they possess no swimming
bladder-- the precursor of the lungs; but in many other respects,
notably in the uro-genital organs, they have, in common with the
higher vertebrata, preserved features which may have been disguised
or lost in the perfecting of such modern and specialized fish as, for
instance, the cod, salmon, or herring.

Section 2. Comparing the general build, of a dog-fish with that of a
rabbit, we notice the absence of a distinct neck, and the general
conical form; the presence of a large tail, as considerable, at first, in
diameter as the hind portion of the body, and of the first importance in
progression, in which function the four paddle-shaped limbs, the
lateral fins, simply co-operate with the median fin along the back for
the purpose of steering; and, as a consequence of the size of the
tail, we note also the ventral position of the apertures of the body. The
anus, and urinary and genital ducts unite in one common chamber,
the cloaca. Behind the head, and in front of the fore fin (pectoral fin),
are five gill slits (g.s.) leading from the pharynx to the exterior. Just
behind the eye is a smaller and more dorsal opening of the same
kind, the spiracle (sp.). On the under side of the head, in front of the
mouth, is the nasal aperture (olf.), the opening of the nasal sac,
which, unlike the corresponding organ of the air-frequenting vertebrata,
has no internal narial opening. There is, however, a groove running
from olf. to the corner of the mouth, and this, closing, in the vertebrate
types that live in air and are exposed to incessant evaporation of their
lubricating secretions, constitutes the primitive nasal passage. The
limbs are undifferentiated into upper, lower, and digital portions, and
are simply jointed, flattened expansions.

Section 3. The skin of the dog-fish is closely set with pointed
tooth-like scales, the placoid scales, and these are continued over
the lips into the mouth as teeth. Each scale consists of a base of true
bone, with a little tubercle of a harder substance, dentine, capped by
a still denser covering, the enamel. The enamel is derived from the
outer layer of the embryonic dog-fish, the epiblast, which also gives
rise to the epidermis; while the dentine and bony base arise in the
underlying mesoblast, the dermis. A mammalian tooth has
essentially the same structure: an outer coat of enamel, derived from
epiblast, overlies a mass of dentine, resting on bone, but the dentine
is excavated internally, to form a pulpcavity containing blood-vessels
and nerves. Most land animals, however, have teeth only in their
mouths, and have lost altogether the external teeth which constitute
the armour of the dog-fish. Besides the teeth there perhaps remain
relics of the placoid scales in the anatomy of the higher vertebrata, in
the membrane bones. How placoid scales may have given rise to
these structures will be understood by considering such a bone as
the vomer of the frog. This bone lies on the roof of the frog's mouth,
and bears a number of denticles, and altogether there is a very strong
resemblance in it to a number of placoid scales the bony bases of
which have become confluent. In the salamander, behind the
teeth-bearing vomers comes a similar toothed parasphenoid bone.
The same bone occurs in a corresponding position in the frog, but
without teeth. In some tailed amphibians the vomers and splenials are
known to arise by the fusion of small denticles. These facts seem to
point to stages in the fusion of placoid bases, and their withdrawal
from the surface to become incorporated with the cranial apparatus as
membrane bones, a process entirely completed in the mammalian

Section 4. The alimentary canal of the dog-fish, is a simple tube
thrown into a Z shape. The mouth is rough with denticles, and has a
fleshy immovable tongue on its floor. In the position of the
Eustachian tube there is a passage, the spiracle (sp.), running out to
the exterior just external to the cartilage containing the ear. The
pharynx communicates with the exterior through five gill slits (g.s.),
and has, of course, no glottis or other lung opening. There is a wide
oesophagus passing into a U-shaped stomach (st.), having, like the
rabbit's, the spleen (sp.) on its outer curvature. There is no coiling
small intestine, but the short portion, receiving the bile duct (b.d.)
and duct of the pancreas (pan.), is called the duodenum (d'dum.). The
liver has large left (L.lv.) and right lobes, and a median lobe (M.lv.), in
which the gall bladder (g.bl.) is embedded. The next segment of the
intestine is fusiform, containing a spiral valve (Figure 4), the shelf of
which points steeply forward; it is sometimes called the colon (co.). It
is absorptive in function and probably represents morphologically, as
it does physiologically, the greater portion of the small intestine. A
rectal gland (r.g.) opens from the dorsal side into the final portion of
the canal (rectum).

Section 5. The circulation presents, in many respects, an
approximation to the state of affairs in the developing embryos of the
higher types. The heart (Figure 3, Sheet -14- {Error in First Edition}
[16]) is roughly, Z shape, and transmits only venous blood. It lies in a
cavity, the pericardial cavity (P.c.c.), cut off by a partition from the
general coelome. At one point this partition is imperfect, and the two
spaces communicate through a pericardio-peritoneal canal (p.p.c.),
which is also indicated by an arrow (p.p.) in the position and direction
in which the student, when dissecting, should thrust his "seeker," in
Figure 1 Sheet 15. A sinus venosus (s.v. in Figure 3, Sheet 16)
receives the venous trunks, and carries the blood through a valve into
the baggy and transversely extended -auricle- [atrium] (au.), whence it
passes into the muscular ventricle (Vn.), and thence into the truncus
arteriosus. This truncus consists of two parts: the first, the conus or
pylangium (c.a.), muscular, contractile, and containing a series of
valves; the second, the bulbus or synangium (b.a.), without valves and
pulsatile. In the rabbit both sinus and truncus are absent, or merged in
the adjacent parts of the heart.

Section 6. From the bulbus there branch, on either side, four arterial
trunks, the first of which forks, so that altogether there are five
afferent branchials (a.br.) taking blood to be aerated in the gills, here
highly vascular filamentary outgrowths of the internal walls of the gill

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [There are altogether nine vascular outgrowths (demi-branchs), one
   on each wall of each gill slit except the last, on the hind wall of
   which there is none. (In the spiracle is a miniature demibranch, the
   pseudo-branch. This suggests that the spiracle is really a somewhat
   modified gill slit.)]

Four efferent branchials (e.br.) carry the aerated blood on to the
dorsal aorta (d.ao.). A carotid artery runs forward to the head, and a
hypo-branchial artery supplies the ventral side of the pharyngeal
region. There are sub-clavian, coeliac, mesenteric, and pelvic
arteries, and the dorsal aorta is continued through the length of the
tail as the caudal artery (Cd.A.).

Section 7. A caudal vein (Cd.V.), bringing blood back from the tail,
splits behind the kidneys (K.), and forms the paired renal portal
veins (r.p.v.), breaking up into a capillary system in the renal organ. A
portal vein brings blood from the intestines to the liver.

Section 8. Instead of being tubular vessels, the chief veins of the
dog-fish are, in many cases, irregular baggy sinuses. Three main
venous trunks flow into the sinus venosus. In the median line from
behind comes the hepatic sinus (H.S.); and laterally, from a dorsal
direction, the Cuvierian sinuses (C.S.) enter it. These, as the student
will presently perceive, are the equivalents of the rabbit's superior
cavae. They receive, near their confluence with the sinus venosus, the
inferior jugular vein (I.J.V.). At their dorsal origin, they are formed by
the meeting of the anterior (A.C.S.) and posterior (P.C.S.) cardinal
sinuses. The anterior cardinal sinus -is, roughly, the equivalent of the
internal jugular vein-, lies along dorsal to the gill slits (g.s.), and
receives an orbital sinus from the eye. The posterior cardinal sinus
receives a sub-clavian vein (s.c.v.) and a lateral vein (L.V.), and fuses
posteriorly with its fellow in the middle line. This median fusion is a
departure from the normal fish type. It must not be confused with the
inferior cava, which is not found in the dog-fish, the [right] posterior
cardinals representing the rabbit's azygos vein. A simplified diagram of
the circulation of a fish is given in Figure 2, Sheet 16, and this should
be carefully compared with the corresponding small figure given of the
vascular system of our other types.

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [The blood of the dog-fish resembles that of the frog.]

Section 9. The internal skeleton, as we have said, is entirely
cartilaginous, and only those parts which are pre-formed in cartilage in
the skeletons of the higher types are represented here. The spinal
column consists of two types of vertebrae, the trunk, bearing short,
distinct, horizontally-projecting ribs (r.), and the caudal. The
diagrams of Figure 5 [(Sheet 18)] are to illustrate the structure of the
centrum of a dog-fish vertebra; C is a side view, D a horizontal median
section, A and B are transverse sections at the points indicated by -B
and A- [A and B] respectively in Figure C. -(By an unfortunate slip of
the pen in the figure, A was substituted for B; section A corresponds
to line B, and vice versa.)- The vertebrae are hollowed out both
anteriorly and posteriorly (amphi-coelous), and a jelly-like notochord
runs through the entire length of the vertebral column, being
constricted at the centres of the centra, and dilated between them.
The neural arch above the centrum, and containing the spinal cord, is
made up of neural plates (n.p.), and interneural plates (i.n.p.),
completed above by a median neural spine (n.s.). In the caudal region,
instead of ribs projecting outwardly, there are haemal processes,
inclined downwards and meeting below, forming an arch, the haemal
arch, containing the caudal artery and vein-- the vein ventral to the
artery-- and resembling the neural arch, which contains the spinal
cord above, in shape and size.

Section 10. The pectoral limb and girdle (Figure 4, Sheet 16) have
only a very vague resemblance to the corresponding structures in the
rabbit. The girdle (g.) is a transverse bar lying ventral to the
pericardial wall, and sending up a portion (sc.), dorsal to the attachment
of the limb, which answers to the scapula and supra-scapula of the forms
above the fish. Three main cartilages, named respectively the
pro- (p.p.), meso- (m.p.), and meta-pterygium, form the base of the
limb. With these, smaller cartilaginous plates, rods, and nodules
articulate, and form a flattened skeletal support for the fin.

Section 11. The pelvic girdle and limb (Figure 2, Sheet 15) are
similar in structure, but the pro-pterygium and meso-pterygium are
absent, and the cartilage answering to the meta-pterygium goes by
the name of the basi-pterygium. In the male, but not in the female, the
pelvic fins are united behind the cloaca, and there are two stiff grooved
copulatory organs, the claspers (cl. in Figure 1), which have a
cartilaginous support (cl.c.). These claspers form the readiest means
of determining the sex of a specimen before dissection.

Section 12. The skull consists of a cartilaginous cranium, and of jaw
and visceral arches. The cranium persists throughout life, in what
closely resembles a transitory embryonic condition of the higher
types. There is a nasal capsule (na.c.), a brain case proper, and
lateral otic (auditory) capsules (ot.c.) containing the internal ear.
(This should be compared with the frog's embryonic skull.) The upper jaw
has a great bar of cartilage, the palato-pterygoid, as its sole support;
the arch of premaxilla, maxilla, jugal, and squamosal-- all membrane
bones-- is, of course, not represented. In the frog this bar of cartilage
is joined directly to the otic capsule by a quadrate portion, but this is
only doubtfully represented in the dog-fish by a nodule of cartilage in
the pre-spiracular ligament (p.s.). The lower jaw is supported, by
Meckel's cartilage (M.C.). The hyoid arch consists of two main
masses of cartilage, the hyomandibular (h.m.), and the ceratohyal
(c.h.); the former of these is tilted slightly forward, so that the gill
slit between it and the jaw arch is obliterated below, and the cartilage
comes to serve as the intermediary in the suspension of the jaw from
the otic mass. There are five branchia[l] arches, made up pharyngo-,
epi- and cerato-branchials, and the ventral elements fuse in the
middle line to form a common plate of cartilage. Outside these arches
are certain small cartilages, the extra branchials (ex.b.) which,
together with certain small labials by the nostrils and at the sides of
the gape, probably represent structures of considerably greater
importance in that still more primitive fish, the lamprey. The deep
groove figured lateral to the otic capsule is the connecting line of the
orbital and anterior cardinal sinuses; the outline of the anterior
cardinal sinus in this figure and in Figure 1 is roughly indicated by a
dotted line.

Section 13. Figure 3a is a rough diagram of the internal ear-- the only
auditory structure of our type (compare Rabbit, Sheet 7). To dissect
out the auditory labyrinth without injury is a difficult performance, but
its structure may be made out very satisfactorily by paring away
successive slices of the otic mass. Such a section is shown by
Figure 3b; through the translucent hyaline cartilage the utriculus and
horizontal canal can be darkly seen. The ductus endolymphaticus
(vide Rabbit) is indicated by a dotted line in our figure. It is situated
internal to the right-angle between the two vertical canals, and
reaches to the surface of the otic capsule.

Section 14. The brain shows the three primary vesicles much more
distinctly than do our higher types. The fore-brain has large laterally
separated olfactory lobes (rh.), there are relatively small
"hemispheres" (pr.c.), the stalk of the pineal gland tilts forward, and
the gland itself is much nearer the surface, being embedded in the
cartilage of the brain case, and the pituitary body is relatively very
large, and has lateral vascular lobes on either side. Following the
usual interpretation of the parts, we find optic lobes (op.l.) as the roof
of the mid-brain, and behind a very large, median, hollow,
tongue-shaped cerebellum (c.b.). The medulla is large, and certain
lateral restiform tracts (r.t.) therein, which also occur in the higher
types, are here exceptionally conspicuous.

Section 15. The dog-fish has ten pairs of cranial nerves,
corresponding to the anterior ten of the rabbit very closely, when we
allow for the modification the latter has suffered through the
conversion of some part of the spiracular cleft to an eardrum, and the
obliteration of the post-hyoid branchial slits.

The first and second nerves are really brain lobes, and nerves of the
special senses of smell and sight respectively.

The third (oculomotor), the fourth (patheticus), and the sixth
(abducens) are distributed to exactly the same muscles of the eyeball
as they are in the rabbit.

The fifth nerve, has, in the dog-fish, as in the rabbit, three chief
branches. V.2 and V.3 fork over the mouth just as they do in the
mammal; V.1 passes out of the cranium by a separate and more
dorsal opening, and runs along a groove along the dorsal internal wall
of the orbit, immediately beneath a similar branch of VII., which is not
distinct in the rabbit. The grooves are shown in the figure of the
cranium, Sheet 18; the joint nerve thus compounded of V. and VII. is
called the ophthalmic (oph.). It is distributed to the skin above the
nose and orbit. When the student commences to dissect the head of
a dog-fish he notices over the dorsal surface of the snout an exudation
of a yellowish jelly-like substance, and on removing the tough skin
over this region and over the centre of the skull he finds, lying beneath
it, a quantity of coiling simple tubuli full of such yellowish matter.
These tubuli open on the surface by small pores, and the nerves
terminate in hair-like extremities in their lining. These sense tubes
are peculiar to aquatic forms; allied structures are found over the head
and along a lateral line (see below) in the tadpole, but when the frog
emerges from the water they are lost. They, doubtless, indicate some
unknown sense entirely beyond our experience, and either only
possible or only necessary when the animal is submerged.

In addition to the ophthalmic moiety mentioned above, the seventh
nerve has a vidian branch (vid.) running over the roof of the mouth, and
besides this its main branches fork over the spiracle, just as V. forks
over the mouth, and as IX. and X. fork over gill clefts. This nerve in the
rabbit is evidently considerably modified from this more primitive

The eighth is the auditory nerve, as in the rabbit.

The ninth nerve forks over the first branchial cleft.

The tenth nerve is easily exposed by cutting down through the body
wall muscles over the gill clefts, into the anterior cardinal sinus
(A.C.S.). It gives off (a) branches forking over the posterior four gill
slits, (b) a great lateral nerve running inward, and back through the
body-wall muscle, and connected with a line of sense organs similar
to those in the head, the lateral line, and (c) a visceral nerve curving
round to the oesophagus and stomach. In dissection it becomes very
evident that the tenth nerve is really a leash of nerves, each one
equivalent to the ninth.

We may here call the attention of the reader to the fact of the singular
resemblance of V., VII., IX., and the factors of X. That each has a
ventral fork, we have already noticed. Each also (?IX.) has a dorsal
constituent connected with the sense organs of the skin. The vidian
branch of VII., however, is not evidently represented in the others.

Section 16. The coelom of the dog-fish is peculiar-- among the types
we treat of-- in the possession of two direct communications with the
exterior, in addition to the customary indirect way through the oviduct.
These are the abdominal pores (a.p.) on either side of the cloaca in
either sex. They can always be readily demonstrated by probing out
from the body cavity, in the direction indicated by the arrow (a.p.) in
Figure 1, Sheet 15. They probably serve to equalize the internal and
external pressure of the fish as it changes its depth in the water, just
as the Eustachian tubes equalize the pressure on either side of the
mammal's tympanic membrane.

Section 17. The musculature of the dog-fish body is cut into
V-shaped segments, the point of the V being directed forward. The
segments alternate with the vertebrae, and are called myomeres.
Such a segmentation is evident, though less marked, in the body wall
muscles of the frog, and in the abdominal musculature of the rabbit
and other mammals it is still to be traced.

Section 18. The uro-genital organs of the female dog-fish (Figure 1,
Sheet 17) consist of an unpaired ovary (ov.), paired oviducts (o.d.),
enlarged at one point to form an oviducal gland (o.d.g.), kidneys (k.),
with ureters (ur.) uniting to form a urinary sinus (u.s.) opening into the
cloaca by a median urinary papilla separate from the oviducal
openings. The eggs contain much yolk, and, like those of the fowl, are
very large; like the fowl, too, one of the ovaries is suppressed, and it
is the right ovary that alone remains. The two oviducts meet in front of
the liver ventral to the oesophagus, and have there a common opening
by which the ova are received after being shed into the body cavity.
The eggs receive an oblong horny case in the oviduct; in the figure
such a case is figured as distending the duct at e. The testes of the
male (T. in Figure 2) are partially confluent in the middle line. They
communicate through vasa efferentia (v.e.) with the modified anterior
part of the kidney, the epididymis (ep.), from which the vas deferens
(v.) runs to the median uro-genital sinus (u.g.s.), into which the
ureters (ur.) also open. The silvery peritoneum (lining of the body
cavity) covers over the reddish kidneys, and hides them in

Section 19. Figure 3, Sheet 17, is a generalized diagram of the
uro-genital organs in the vertebrata; M.L. is the middle line of the
body, G. is the genital organ, Pr. is the pronephros, or fore kidney,
a structure which is never developed in the dog-fish, but which has
functional importance in the tadpole and cod, and appears as a
transitory rudiment in the chick. A duct, which is often spoken of as
the pronephric duct (p.d.), and which we have figured under that
name, is always developed. Anteriorly it opens into the body cavity. It
is also called the Mullerian duct, and in the great majority of
vertebrata it becomes the oviduct, uniting with its fellow, in the case of
the dog-fish, ventral to the oesophagus. In the male it usually
disappears; the uterus masculinus of the rabbit is still very generally
regarded as a vestige of it. Kolliker has shown, however, that this
interpretation is improbable. Ms. is the mesonephros, some or all of
which becomes the epididymis in the male of types possessing that
organ, and is connected with G. by the vasa efferentia. Mt., the
metanephros, is, in -actual fact- [the frog], indistinguishably
continuous with Ms., and is the functional kidney, its duct
(metanephric duct) being either undifferentiated from the mesonephric
(as is the case with the frog) or largely split off from it, as in the
dog-fish, to form the ureter.

Section 20. The correspondence of the male organs of the dog-fish
with those of the rabbit, will be more evident if the student imagine--

   (a) the testes, vasa efferentia, and epididymis of each side to
   shift posteriorly until they reach a position on either side of
   the cloaca; and

   (b) The uro-genital apertures, instead of meeting dorsally and
   posteriorly to the anus, to shift round that opening and meet
   anteriorly and ventrically to it.

Section 21. This completes our survey of this type. Except where we
have specified differences, the general plan of its anatomy follows the
lines of the other vertebrate types described.

_Questions on the Dog-Fish_

1. Describe the alimentary canal of the dog-fish, and compare it with
that of the rabbit in detail.

2. Compare the coelom of the dog-fish and rabbit.

3. Draw diagrams to illustrate the course of the circulation in the

4. (a) Describe fully the heart of a dog-fish. (b) Compare it with that of
a rabbit.

5. Give an account of the respiratory apparatus of the dog-fish.

6. Draw diagrams of a dog-fish vertebra, and compare the centrum
with that of a rabbit.

7. Compare the vertebral column of the dog-fish and rabbit.

8. Draw diagrams of the limbs and limb-girdles of the dog-fish.
Compare the pectoral with the pelvic fin.

9. Draw diagrams of (a) the male and (b) the female urogenital organs
of the dog-fish. (c) Compare them carefully with those of the rabbit.

10. Compare the circulation in the kidney of dog-fish and rabbit.

11. Give an account of the cranio-facial apparatus of the dog-fish.
State clearly what representation of this occurs in the frog and in the

12. Give drawing (a) from above, (b) from the side, of the dog-fish

13. State the origin and the distribution of the fifth, seventh, ninth, and
tenth cranial nerves in the dog-fish.

14. Compare, one by one, the cranial nerves of the dog-fish with those
of any higher vertebrate, as regards their origin and their distribution.

15. Describe the auditory organ of the dog-fish. What parts are added
to this in the higher type?

16. Draw the cloaca (a) of a male, (b) a female dog-fish.

17. (Practical.) Demonstrate in a dog-fish the pathetic nerve, the
opening between pericardium and coelom. the abdominal pores, and
the ureter.


1. _Anatomy_

Section 1. We find in Amphioxus the essential vertebrate features
reduced to their simplest expression and, in addition, somewhat
distorted. There are wide differences from that vertebrate plan with
which the reader may now be considered familiar. There are no
limbs. There is an unbroken fin along the median dorsal line and
coming round along the ventral middle line for about half the animal's
length. But two lowly vertebrates, the hag-fish and lamprey, have no
limbs and a continuous fin. There is, as we shall see more clearly, a
structure, the respiratory atrium, not apparently represented in the
true vertebrate types, at least in their adult stages. There is no
distinct heart, only a debateable brain, quite without the typical
division into three primary vesicles, no skull, no structures whatever of
cartilage or bone, no genital ducts, no kidneys at all resembling those
of the vertebrata, no pancreas, no spleen; apparently no sympathetic
chain, no paired sense organs, eyes, ears, or nasal sacs, in all of
which points we have striking differences from all true vertebrata; and
such a characteristic vertebrate peculiarity as the pineal gland we can
only say is represented very doubtfully by the eye spot.

Section 2. The vertebral column is devoid of vertebrae; it is
throughout life a rod of gelatinous tissue, the notochord (Figure 1,
n.c.), surrounded by a cellular sheath. Such a rod is precursor to the
vertebral column in the true vertebrates, but, except in such lowly
forms as the lamprey, is usually replaced, partially (e.g., dog-fish)
or wholly (as in the rabbit) by at first cartilaginous vertebrae whose
bodies are derived from its sheath. Further, while in all true vertebrata
the notochord of the developing young reaches anteriorly at most to
the mid-brain, and is there at its termination enclosed by the middle
portion of the skull, in Amphioxus it reaches far in front of the anterior
extremity of the nervous system, to the end of the animal's body.*
On this account the following classification is sometimes made of
those animals which have a notochord:--

   -Chordata_ (= Vertebrata, as used by Lankester).

      1. Having the notochord reaching in front of the brain.
      Cephalochorda = Amphioxus.

      2. Having the notochord reaching anteriorly to the mid-brain, a
      brain of three primary vesicles and a skull.
      Craniata = all "true vertebrata": fishes, amphibia, reptiles,
      birds, and mammals (Vertebrata of Balfour).

      3. Having the notochord confined to the tail.
      Urochorda = the ascidians, or sea-squirts, certain forms of life
      only recently recognised as relatives of the vertebrata.

* The anterior end of the notochord in the developing rabbit or dog lies
where the middle of the basisphenoid bone is destined to be.

Section 3. Figure 1, Sheet 19, shows the general anatomy of
Amphioxus. We recognise four important points of resemblance to the
earlier phases of the higher and the permanent structure of the lower
members of the vertebrata, and it is these that justify the inclusion of
amphioxus in this volume. In the first place there is the--

   In the next, just above it (at s.c.) we find--

   -A Dorsal Tubular Nervous Axis_,
   the spinal cord. Thirdly, the pharynx (ph.) is perforated by--

   -Respiratory Slits_,
   though these, instead of being straight slashes, are modified from
   a U-shape [slant very much forward and are much more numerous than
   in any true vertebrate.]. -And-, Fourthly, there is, as we shall
   see, a--

   -Vertebrate Type of Circulation_.
   [And finally the body-wall muscles are divided into--]


Section 4. The alimentary canal of Amphioxus commences with an
"oral cavity," not represented in our vertebrata, surrounded by a
number of cirri, or tentacles, supported by a horny substance which
seems to be chitin, a common skeletal material among invertebrates.
A velum (v.) forms a curtain, perforated by the mouth and by two
smaller hyoidean apertures, between the oral cavity and the pharynx
(ph.). "Pharyux" is here used in a wider sense than in the true
vertebrata; it reaches back close to the liver, and is therefore
equivalent to pharynx + oesophagus + a portion or all of the stomach.
The [so-called] hyoidean apertures are not equivalent to the
similarly-named parts of the vertebrata. Behind the pharynx the
intestine (int.) runs straight out to the anus (an.), which opens not in
the middle line, as one might expect, but in the left side! The liver lies
usually on the creature's right, and instead of being a compact gland,
is simply bag-like.

Section 5. The circulation is peculiarly reduced (Figure 2). The
cardiac aorta (c.ao.) lies along the ventral side of the pharynx, and
sends branches up along the complete bars between the gill slits.
There is no -distinct- heart, but the whole of the cardiac aorta is
contractile, and at the bases of the aortic arches that run up the bars
there are contractile dilatations that assist in the propulsion of the
blood. Dorsal to the pharynx, as in fishes, there is a pair of dorsal
aorta (d.ao.) that unite above the liver (compare the frog, for instance),
and thence run backward as a median dorsal aorta (d.ao.'). A portal
vein (p.v.) bring blood back from the intestine (and apparently from the
whole posterior portion of the animal) to the liver. Thence hepatic veins
(hep.) take it to the cardiac aorta.

   {Lines from First Edition only.}
   -When we remember that in the embryonic vertebrate the heart is at
   first a straight tube, this circulation appears even more strikingly
   vertebrate in its character than before.-

Section 6. The coelom, or body cavity, of Amphioxus lies, of course,
as in the vertebrata, between the intestinal wall and the body walls,
and, just as in the vertebrata, it is largely reduced where gill slits
occur. But matters are rather complicated by the presence of an
atrial cavity round the pharynx, which is not certainly represented in
the vertebrata, and which the student is at first apt to call the body
cavity, although it is entirely distinct and different from that space. The
mutual relation of the two will become apparent after a study of
Figures 10, 11, 12 (Sheet 21). Figure 10 gives diagrammatically a
section of a very young stage of Amphioxus; P is the pharynx portion
of the alimentary canal, coe. is the coelom surrounding it at this stage
here as elsewhere; mt.c. are certain lymph spaces, the metapleural
canals, between which a small invagination (i.e., a pushing-in), at., of
the outer epidermis occurs; n.c. is the notochord, and s.c. the spinal
cord. The gill slits, by which P. communicates with the exterior, are
not shown. Next Figure 11 shows the invagination (at.) pushing its
way in, and cut off from the exterior by a meeting of the body wall
below. Note that at. is a portion of the animal's exterior thus
embraced by its body, and that its lining is therefore of the same
material as the external integument. In Figure 12, at. is developing
upward, so that the true body hangs into it. Now imagine the gill slits
perforated, as shown by the double-headed arrow in Figure 12. Figure
3, on Sheet 20, is a less diagrammatic representation of a
cross-section of the pharyngeal region (vide Figure 1, Sheet 19). The
student should compare Figure 3, Sheet 20, and Figure 12, Sheet 21.
The atrium and metapleural canals are easily recognised in both. In
Figure 3 the coelom is much cut up by the gill slits, and we have
remaining of it (a) the dorsal coelomic canals (d.c.c.) and (b) the
branchial canals (br.c.) in the bars between the slits. The atrial cavity
remains open to the exterior at one point, the atrial pore (at.p.).

Section 7. The method of examining cross-sections is an extremely
convenient one in the study of such a type as Amphioxus. The
student should very carefully go over and copy the six sections on
Sheet 20, comparing Figure 1 as he goes. He should do this before
reading what follows. One little matter must be borne in mind. These
figures are merely intended to convey the great structural ideas, and
they are considerably simplified; they must not be regarded as a
substitute for the examination of microscopic sections. [He will notice
a number of rounded masses from the body wall. The] -For instance,
the body-wall- muscles of Amphioxus are arranged in bundles bent
sharply in an arrow shape, the point forward. -A number of these
bundles are cut in any one section, and so the even shading of our
diagrams, if they professed to be anything more than diagrams,
should be broken up into masses.- These -bundles, we may mention-,
are called myomeres, and they are indicated in Figure 1 by lines
pointing acutely forward. [Several are consequently cut in any
transverse section (Sheet 20), and these are the rounded masses he
sees.] Similar myomeres, similarly situated, are found in fish, behind
the head, and, less obviously, they occur with diminishing importance
as the scale of the vertebrata is ascended.

Section 8. If we compare the nervous system of amphioxus with that
of any vertebrate, we find at once a number of striking differences. In
the first place, the skeletal covering of it, the cranium and the neural
arches of vertebrae, are represented only by a greatly simplified
connective tissue. In the next, a simple and slight anterior dilatation
alone represents the brain. A patch of black pigment anterior to this
(e.s.) may or may not be what its name implies an eye-spot. There is
a ciliated funnel, c.f. (Figure 1, Sheet 19), opening on the left side,
which has been assumed to be olfactory in its functions, and in the
mouth chamber a ciliated pit (c.p.), which may, or may not, be an
organ of taste. The ventral fissure of the spinal cord is absent. The
dorsal nerves are without ganglia, and do not come off in pairs, but
alternately, one to the left, then one to the right, one to the left, one
to the right, and so on. The ventral nerves are very short, more numerous
than the dorsal, and never unite with these latter to form mixed

The student will observe that here, just as in the case of the ciliated
funnel and anus, the Amphioxus is not strictly symmetrical, but
twisted, as it were, and so departs from the general rule of at least
external bilateral symmetry obtaining among the vertebrates. It
habitually lies on one side in the mud of the sea bottom, and it is
probable that this external asymmetry is due to this habit, so that
too much classificatory importance must not be attached to it. The
soles and other related fish, for instance, are twisted and
asymmetrical, through a similar specific habit, to such an extent that
both eyes lie on one side of the animal.

Section 9. No kidney on the vertebrate pattern is found, but the
following structures have, among others, been suggested as renal

   (a) Certain canals, the brown tubes of Lankester (b.t.L., Figure 2,
   Sheet 19), a pair of pigmented tubes opening into the atrium at the
   hind end of the pharynx, lying forward along by the dorsal coelomic
   canals, and having an internal opening also.

   (b) Certain tubuli described by Weiss as situated in a series along
   the upper corners of the atrial cavity, and communicating, after the
   fashion, of the "nephridia" of the earthworm, with the coelom and with
   the exterior (or, rather, with that portion of the animal's exterior
   enclosed in by the atrial wall; compare Section 6).

   (c) The general epithelial lining of the atrium.

The reproductive organs (Figure 4, Sheet 20, g.) are masses of
cells situated in an isolated part of the coelom in the atrial folds, and,
having no ducts, their contents must escape into the atrium by
rupture of the body-wall. Thence they escape either by gill-slits,
pharynx and mouth, or, more generally, through the atrial pore. The
animals, like all the vertebrata, are dioecious, i.e., male or female.

Section 10. The endostyle (end.), in Figures 3 and 4, is a ciliated
path or groove on the under side of the pharynx, which is generally
supposed to represent the thyroid gland of vertebrates. The vertebrate
thyroid, early in development, is certainly an open and long narrow
groove in the ventral side of the pharynx. The hyper-pharyngeal
groove (h.p.) has been in the past compared to the pituitary body,
but there is little doubt now that this structure is represented by the
ciliated pit.

Section 11. The student is advised to revise this chapter before
proceeding, and to schedule carefully the anatomical features under
the headings of (1.) distinctly vertebrate characters, (2.) characters
contrasting with the normal vertebrate structure, (3.) facts of doubtful
import, with the suggestions given in the text written against them.

2. _The Development of Amphioxus_

Section 12. The development of amphioxus, studied completely, is at
once one of the most alluring and difficult tasks in the way of the
zoologist; but certain of its earlier and most obvious fasts may very
conveniently be taken into consideration now.

Section 13. The phenomena of the extrusion of polar bodies and
fertilization are treated of later, and will, therefore, not be considered
now. We will start our description with an egg-cell, which has
escaped, of course, since there are no genital ducts, by rupture of the
parent, has been fertilized by the male element, and is about to
develop into a young amphioxus. It is simply a single cell, with some
power of amoeboid motion, a single nucleus and nucleolus; and in
amphioxus its protoplasm is clear and transparent. Frequently ova are
loaded with granules of food store (yolk), which enable the young
animal to go far with its development before it is hatched and has to
begin fending for itself. Such an ovum as that of our present type,
however being devoid of such yolk (alecithal = without yolk),
necessitates a very early start in life, and, for reasons too
complicated to state fully here, the development in such a case is
considered particularly instructive and primitive by zoologists.

Section 14. The first thing to be seen in the developing cell is a
deepening circular groove (Figure 1, Sheet 21), which divides the
ovum into two parts. Another groove then cuts at right angles to this
subdividing the two into four (Figure 2). Another groove, at right angles
to both the former, follows, making the four eight (Figure 3). And so
subdivision goes on. The whole process is called segmentation or

Section 15. At the end of segmentation we get a hollow sphere of
small cells, the cells separating from one another centrally and
enclosing a cavity as the process proceeds. This is the
blastosphere, shown diagrammatically in Figure 4, and of which an
internal view, rather truer to the facts of the case as regards shape,
is given as Figure 5. The central cavity is the segmentation cavity

Section 16. Invagination follows (Figure 6). In this process a portion
of the blastosphere wall is the tucked into the rest, as indicated by
the arrow, so that a two-layered sack is formed. The space ar. is the
archenteron, the primordial intestine, and its mouth is called, the
blastopore (bp.). The outer layer of this double-walled sac is called
the epiblast. For the present we will give the inner lining no special
term. The young amphioxus has, at this stage, which is called the
gastrula stage, a curious parallelism with such a lowly form as the
Hydra of our ditches. This latter creature, like the gastrula, consists
essentially of two layers of cells, an outer protective and sensory
layer, and an inner digestive one; it has a primordial intestine, or
archenteron, and its mouth is sometimes regarded as being a
blastopore. All animals that have little yolk, and start early in life for
themselves, pass through a gastrula stage, substantially the same
as this of amphioxus.

Section 17. The anus is perforated later near the region occupied at
this stage by the blastopore. Hence the anterior end of the future
amphioxus, the head end, is pointing towards the Figure 6, and the
letters ep. are marked on the side which will be dorsal.

Section 18. Figure 7 i. is a dorsal view of the gastrula at a somewhat
later stage, and here indications of distinctly vertebrate relationships
already appear. Figure 7 ii. is a cross-section, its position, being
shown by cross-lines in 7 i. and 6. Note first that the epiblast along
the mid-dorsal line is sinking in to form what is called the neural
plate (n.p.), and simultaneously on either side of it rise the neural
folds (n.f.). Now, at Figure 8, a slightly later stage is represented, and
at 9 i. the inturned part is separated from the general external epiblast
as the spinal cord. The remainder of the epiblast constitutes the

Section 19. Reverting to Figure 7 ii., along the dorsal side of the
archenteron a thickening of its wall appears, and is gradually pinched
off from it to form a cellular rod, lying along under the nervous axis and
above the intestine. This is the notochord (compare Figures 8 and 9).

Section 20. Finally, we note two series of buds of cells, one on either
side of the archenteron in Figure 7 ii. In 8 these buds have become
hollow vesicles, growing out from it, the coelomic pouches. They are
further developed in 9; and in 9 ii., which is a diagrammatic figure,
they are indicated by dotted lines. They finally appear to (? entirely)
obliterate the segmentation cavity-- they certainly do so throughout
the body; and their cavities are in time cut off from the mesenteron, by
the gradual constriction of their openings. In this way the coelom
(body cavity) arises as a series of hollow "archenteric" outgrowths,
and ms. becomes the alimentary canal. mt.c., the metapleural
canals, probably arise subsequently to, and independently of, the
general coelomic space, by a splitting in the body-wall substance.

Section 21. Hence, in considering the structure of amphioxus, we
have three series of cells from which its tissues are developed:--

   1. The epiblast.

   2. Walls of the coelomic pouches, which form (a) an inner lining
   to the epiblast, (b) an outer coating to the hypoblast, and (c) the
   mesentery (m.), by which the intestine is supported. This is the

   3. The lining of the mesenteron, or hypoblast.

From the epiblast the epidermis (not the dermis), the nervous system
(including the nerves), and the sensory part of all sense organs are
derived. From the mesoblast the muscles, the dermis genital and
excretory organs, circulatory fluid and apparatus, any skeletal
structures; and all connective tissue are derived. The mass of the
body is thus evidently made of mesoblast. The hypoblast is the lining
of the intestine and of the glands which open into it; and
the material of the notochord is also regarded, as hypoblast.

Section 22. Figure 9 ii. shows all the essential points of the structure
of amphioxus. Epiblast is indicated by a line of dashes, mesoblast
by dots, and hypoblast, dark or black. The true mouth is formed late
by a tucking-in of epiblast, the stomodaeum (s.d.), which meets and
fuses with the hypoblast, and is then perforated. The position of this
mouth is at the velum. The formation of the atrium has been
described. The metapleural folds run forward in front of the velum, as
the epipleurs (ep. in Sections 1 and 2), and form an oral hood (b.c.),
around which the tentacles appear, and which is evidently not
equivalent to the vertebrate mouth cavity, but in front of and outside
it. The anus is formed by a tucking in, the proctodaeum, similar to the

Section 23. The formation of the respiratory slits is complicated, and
difficult to describe, but, since investigators have still to render its
meaning apparent, it need not detain the elementary student.*

* See Balfour's Embryology, Volume 2, and Quarterly Journal of
Microscopical Science March, 1891.

_Questions on Amphioxus_

1. Draw diagrams, with the parts named, of the alimentary canal of (a)
amphioxus, (b) any craniate; (c) indicate very shortly the principal
structural differences between the two.

2. Describe, with a diagram, the circulation of amphioxus. Compare it
with that of the craniata.

3. Draw from memory transverse sections, of amphioxus (a) in the
oral region, (b) through the pharynx, (c) just anterior, and (d) just
posterior to atrial pore.

4. Describe fully the coelom of amphioxus, and compare it with that of
the frog in regard to (a) development, (b) its relation to other organs in
the adult.

5. Compare the atrial cavity and coelom of amphioxus. To what series
of cavities in the frog are the metapleural canals to be compared?

6. Describe the notochord of amphioxus, and point out its differences
from the vertebrate notochord.

7. Describe, with diagrams, the nervous system of amphioxus, and
compare its nervous axis, in detail, with that of a vertebrate.

8. Compare the genital organs of amphioxus with those of a higher

9. What structures have been regarded, as renal organs in

10. What is a gastrula? With what lower type has the gastrula been
compared? Discuss the comparison.


_The Development of the Frog_

Section 1. We have now to consider how the body of the frog is built
up out of the egg cell, but previously to doing so we must revert to the
reproductive organs of our type.

Section 2. In the testes of the male is found an intricate network of
tubuli, the lining of which is, of course, an epithelium. The cells of this
epithelium have their internal borders differentiated into spermatozoa,
which, at a subsequent stage, are liberated. A spermatozoon (Figure
3, Sheet 13, sp.) is a rod-shaped cell containing a nucleus; in fact,
consisting chiefly of nucleus, with a tail, the flagellum, which is
vibratile, and forces the spermatozoon, forward by its lashing. The
spermatozoa float in a fluid which is the joint product of the testes,
anterior part of the kidney, and perhaps the prostate glands.

Section 3. In the ovary, the ova are formed, and grow to a
considerable size. They are nucleated cells, the nucleus going by
the special name of the germinal vesicle and the nucleolus the
germinal spot. The ova prey upon the adjacent cells as they develop.
The protoplasm of the ovum, except at that part of the surface where
the germinal vesicle lies, is packed with a great amount of food
material, the yolk granules. This yolk is non-living inert matter. An
ovum such as this, in which the protoplasm is concentrated towards
one pole, is called telolecithal.

Section 4. After the ovum has finished its growth, and elaborated the
yolk within itself, a peculiar change occurs in the small area free from
yolk-- the animal pole, in which the germinal vesicle lies. This
germinal vesicle divides, and one moiety is budded off from the ovum.
The ovum has, in fact, undergone cell division into a very large cell
containing most of its substance, and a small protoplasmic pimple
surrounding half of its nucleus. The disproportion is so great between
the two cells, that the phenomenon does not at first suggest the idea
of cell division, and it is usually described as the extrusion of the
first polar body. There follows a second and similar small cell,
behind the first, the second polar body. Since the nucleus of the
ovum has divided twice, it is evident that the nucleus remaining now in
the ovum is a quarter of the original nucleus. Very little protoplasm is
given off with the polar bodies; they play no further part in
development, but simply drop off and disappear. Not only in the frog's
ovum, but in all vertebrata, two polar bodies are given off in this way
before the sexual process occurs. Their exact meaning has been
widely discussed. It is fairly evident that some material is removed
from the nucleus, which would be detrimental to further developments,
and the point debated is what is the precise nature of this excreted
material. This burning question we can scarcely deal with here.

Section 5. But here we may point out that in all cells the function of
the nucleus appears to be to determine growth and division. It is the
centre of directive energy in the cell.

Section 6. Fertilization is effected by a spermatozoon meeting with
the ovum. It fuses with it, its nucleus becoming the male pro-nucleus.
This and the female pro-nucleus, left after the extrusion of the polar
cells, move towards each other, and unite to form the first
segmentation nucleus.

Section 7. The ovum next begins to divide. A furrow cutting deeper
and deeper divides it into two; another follows at right angles to this,
making the two four, and another equatorial furrow cuts off the animal
pole from the yolk or vegetative pole. (See Sheet 22, Figures 1, 2,
and 3.) And so segmentation (= cleavage) proceeds, and, at last, a
hollow sphere, the blastosphere (Figure 4) is formed, with a
segmentation cavity (s.c.). But, because of the presence of the yolk
at the vegetative pole of ovum, and of the mechanical resistance it
offers to the force of segmentation, the protoplasm there is not nearly
so finely divided-- the cells, that is to say, are much larger than at
the animal pole. The blastosphere of the frog is like what the
blastosphere of amphioxus would be, if the future hypoblast cells
were enormously larger through their protoplasm being diluted with

Section 8. The next phase of development has an equally curious
resemblance to and difference from what occurs in the case of the ova
of animals which do not contain yolk. In such types (e.g., amphioxus)
a part of the blastosphere wall is tucked into the rest, and a gastrula
formed by this process of invagination. In the frog (Figure 5) there is a
tucking-in, but the part that should lie within the gastrula, the
yolk-containing cells, are far larger than the epiblast (ep.) which
should, form the outer layer of cells. Hence the epiblast can only by
continual growth accommodate what it must embrace, and the
process of tucking-in is accompanied by one of growth of the epiblast,
as shown by the unbarbed arrow, over the yolk. This stage is called
the gastrula stage; ar. is the cavity of the gastrula, the archenteron;
b.p. is its opening or blastopore. Such a gastrula, formed mainly by
overgrowth of the epiblast, is called an epibolic gastrula, as
distinguished from the invaginate gastrula of amphioxus. The
difference is evidently entirely due to the presence of yolk, and the
consequent modification of invagination in the former case.

Section 9. Comparing the two gastrulas, it is not difficult to see that if
we imagine the ventral wall of the archenteron of amphioxus to have
its cells enormously enlarged through the mixing of yolk with their
protoplasm, we should have a gastrula essentially like that of the frog.

Section 10. Figure 6 shows a slightly later ovum than Figure 5, seen
from the dorsal side. b.p. is the blastopore. In front of that appears a
groove, the neural groove, bordered on either side by a ridge, the
neural fold (n.f.). This is seen in section in Figure 7; s.c. is the neural
groove; n.f., as before, the neural fold. The neural folds ultimately bend
over and meet above, so that s.c. becomes a canal, and is finally
separated from the epiblast to form the spinal cord. Below the neural
groove a thickening of the dorsal wall of the archenteron appears, and
is pinched off to form a longitudinal rod, the precursor of the vertebral
column, the notochord, shown in Figure 7 (n.c.), as imperfectly
pinched off.

Section 11. Simultaneously, on either side of the notochord appear a
series of solid masses of cells, derived mainly by cell division from the
cells of the wall of the archenteron, and filling up and obliterating the
segmentation cavity. These masses increase in number by the
addition of fresh ones behind, during development, and are visible in
the dorsal view as brick-like masses, the mesoblastic somites or
proto-vertebrae (Figure 6, i., ii., iii.). In Figure 7, these masses are
indicated by dotting. In such a primitive type as amphioxus these
mesoblastic -somites- [masses] contain a cavity, destined to be the
future body cavity, from the first. In the frog, the cavity is not at first
apparent; the mesoblast at first seems quite solid, but subsequently
what is called the splitting of the mesoblast occurs, and the body
cavity (b.c. in Figure 7) appears. The outer mesoblast, lying
immediately under the epiblast, constitutes the substance of the
somatopleur, and from it will be formed the dermis, the muscles of the
body wall, almost all the cartilage and bone of the skeleton, the
substance of the limbs, the kidneys, genital organs, heart and
bloodvessels, and, in short, everything between the dermis and the
coelom, except the nervous system and nerves, and the notochord.
The inner mesoblast, the mass of the splanchnopleur, will form the
muscle and connective tissue of the wall of the alimentary canal, and
the binding substance of the liver and other glands that open into the

Section 12. Figure 8 is one which we reproduce, with the necessary
changes in each plate of embryological figures given in this book, so
that the student will find it a convenient, one for the purpose of
comparison. The lines of dashes, in all cases, signify -epiblast-
[hypoblast] , the unbroken black line is -hypoblast-, [epiblast] dotting
shows mesoblast, and the shaded rod (n.c.) is the notochord. c.s. is
the spinal cord; br.1, br.2, br.3 are the three primary vesicles which
constitute the brain, and which form fore, mid, and hind brain
respectively. I. is the intestine and Y. the yolk cells that at this early
stage constitute its ventral wall.

Section 13. Figure 9 gives a similar diagram of a later stage, but here
the blastopore is closed. An epiblastic tucking-in at st., the
stomodaeum pre-figures the mouth; pr., the proctodaeum, is a
similar posterior invagination which will become the anus. Y., the
yolk, is evidently much absorbed. Figure 10 is a young tadpole, seen
from the side. The still unabsorbed yolk in the ventral wall of the
mesentery gives the creature a big belly. Its mouth is suctorial at this
stage, and behind it is a sucker (s.) by which the larvae attach
themselves to floating reeds and wood, as shown in the three black
figures below.

Section 14. We may now consider the development of the different
organs slightly more in detail, though much of this has already been
approached. The nervous system, before the closure of the neural
groove, has three anterior dilatations, the fore-, mid-, and hind-brains,
the first of which gives rise by hollow outgrowths to two pairs of lateral
structures, the hemispheres and the optic vesicles. The latter give rise
to the retina and optic nerve as described in {Development} Section

Section 15. The hypoblastic notochord is early embraced by a
mesoblastic sheath derived from the protovertebrae. This becomes
truly cartilaginous, and at regular intervals is alternately thicker and
thinner, compressing the notochord at the thicker parts. Hence the
notochord has a beaded form within this, at first, continuous
cartilaginous sheath. This sheath is soon cut into a series of
vertebral bodies by jointings appearing through the points where the
cartilage is thickest and the notochord most constricted. Hence what
remains of the notochord lies within the vertebral bodies in the frog;
while in a cartilaginous fish, such as the dog-fish, or in the embryonic
rabbit, the lines of separation appear where the notochord is thickest,
and it comes to lie between hollow-faced vertebrae. Cartilaginous
neural arches and spines, formed outside the notochordal sheath,
enclose the spinal cord in an arcade. The final phase is ossification.
As the tadpole approaches the frog stage the vertebral column in the
tail is rapidly absorbed, and its vestiges appear in the adult as the

Section 16. The development of the skull is entirely dissimilar to that
of the vertebral column. It is shown on Figures 1 and 8, Sheet 14; and
in the section devoted to the frog's skull a very complete account of
the process is given. The process of ossification is described under
the histology of the Rabbit.

Section 17. The origin of the circulatory and respiratory organs is
of especial interest in the frog. In the tadpole we have essentially the
necessities and organization of the fish; in the adult frog we have a
clear exposition of the structure of pigeon and rabbit. The tadpole has,
at first, a straight tubular heart, burrowed out in somatic mesoblast,
and produced forward into a truncus arteriosus. From this arise four
afferent branchial arteries, running up along the sides of the four
branchial arches, and supplying gills. They unite above on either side
in paired hyper-branchial arteries, which meet behind dorsal to the
liver, to form a median dorsal aorta. Internal and external carotid
arteries supply the head. These four afferent branchial arches are
equivalent to the first four of the five vessels of the dog-fish. At first,
the paired gills are three in number, external, and tree-like, covered by
epiblast (Figures 10 and 11, e.g.), and not to be compared to fish gills
in structure, or in fact -with- [to] any other gills within the limits of
the vertebrata. Subsequently (hypoblastic) internal gills (int.g., Figure
12), strictly homologous with the gills of a fish, appear. Then
a flap of skin outside the hyoid arch grows back to cover over the gills;
this is the operculum (op. in Figures 11 and 12, Sheet 22), and it
finally encloses them in a gill chamber, open only by a pore on the
left, which resembles in structure and physiological meaning, but
differs evidently very widely in development, from the amphioxus
atrium. At this time, the lungs are developing as paired hollow
outgrowths on the ventral side of the throat (Figure 12, L.). As the
limbs develop, and the tail dwindles, the gill chamber is obliterated.
The capillary interruptions of the gills on the branchial arches (aortic
arches) are also obliterated. The carotid gland occupies the position
of the first of these in the adult. The front branchial arch here, as in
all higher vertebrata, becomes the carotid arch; the lingual represents
the base of a pre-branchial vessel; the second branchial becomes the
aortic arch. The fourth loses its connection with the dorsal aorta, and
sends a branch to the developing lung, which becomes the pulmonary
artery. The third disappears. A somewhat different account to this is
still found in some text-books of the fate of this third branchial arch.
Balfour would appear to have been of opinion that it gave rise to the
cutaneous artery, and that the third and fourth vessels coalesced to
form the pulmocutaneous, the fourth arch moving forward so as to
arise from the base of the third; and most elementary works follow
him. This opinion was strengthened by the fact that in the higher
types (reptiles, birds, and mammals) no fourth branchial arch was
observed, and the apparent third, becomes the pulmonary. But it has
since been shown that a transitory third arch appears and disappears
in these types.

Section 18. The origin of the renal organ and duct has very
considerable controversial interest.* In Figure 13, Sheet 22, a
diagrammatic cross-section, of an embryo is shown. I. is the
intestine, coe. the coelom, s.c. the spinal cord; n.c. the notochord,
surrounded by n.s., the notochordal sheath, ao. is the dorsal aorta.
In the masses of somatic mesoblast on either side, a longitudinal
canal appears, which, in the torpedo, a fish related to the dog-fish,
and in the rabbit, and possibly in all other cases, is epiblastic in
origin. This is the segmental duct, which persists, apparently, as the
Wolffian duct (W.D.). Ventral to this appears a parallel canal, the
Mullerian duct (M.D.), which is often described as being split off from
the segmental duct, but which is, very probably, an independent
structure in the frog. A number of tubuli, at first metamerically
arranged, now appear, each opening, on the one hand, into the
coelom by a ciliated mouth, the nephrostome (n.s.), and on the other
into the segmental duct. These tubuli are the segmental tubes or
nephridia. There grows out from the aorta, towards each, a bunch, of
bloodvessels, the glomerulus (compare Section 62, Rabbit). These
tubuli ultimately become, in part, the renal tubuli, so that the primitive
kidney stretches, at first, along the length of the body cavity from the
region, of the gill-slits backward. The anterior part of the kidney, called
the pronephros, disappears in the later larval stages. Internal to the
kidney on either side there has appeared a longitudinal ridge, the
genital ridge (g.r.), which gives rise to testes or ovary, as the case
may be.

* In the discussion whether the vertebrata have arisen from some
ancestral type, like the earthworm, metamerically segmented, and of
fairly high organization, or from a much lower form, possibly even from
a coelenterate. Such a discussion is entirely outside the scope of the
book, though its mention is necessary to explain the importance given
to these organs.

Section 19. The student should now compare the figures on Sheet 17.
In the male, tubular connections are established between the testes
and the middle part of the primitive kidney (mesonephros). These
connections are the vasa efferentia (v.e.), and the mesonephros is
now equivalent to the epididymis of the rabbit. The Wolffian duct is the
urogenital duct of the adult, and the Mullerian duct is entirely
absorbed, or remains, more or less, in exceptional cases.

In the female, the Mullerian duct increases greatly in length-- so that
at sexual maturity its white coils appear thicker and longer than
the intestine-- and becomes the oviduct; the Wolffian duct is the
ureter, and the mesonephros is not perverted in function from its
primary renal duty.

Section 20. Tabulating these facts--

   In the adult male:
      Pronephros disappears.
      The Mullerian duct (? = pronephric duct) disappears.
      Mesonephros = Epididymis; its duct, the urogenital.
      Metanephros and duct, not clearly marked off from
      (Compare Dog-fish, Section 19.)

   In the adult female:
      Pronephros disappears.
      The Mullerian duct, the oviduct.
      Mesonephros and Metanephros, the kidney, and their unseparated
         ducts, the ureters.

Section 21. Hermaphrodism (i.e., cases of common sex) is
occasionally found among frogs; the testis produces ova in places,
and the Mullerian duct is retained and functional. The ciliated
nephrostomata remain open to a late stage of development in the frog,
and in many amphibia throughout life. Their connection with the renal
tubuli is, however, lost.

Section 22. The alimentary canal is, at first, a straight tube. Its
disproportionate increase in length throws it into a spiral in the tadpole
(int. Figure 11), and accounts for its coiling in the frog. The liver and
other digestive glands are first formed, like the lungs, as hollow
outgrowths, and their lining is therefore hypoblastic. The greatest
relative length of intestine is found in the tadpole, which, being a
purely vegetable feeder, must needs effect the maximum amount of
preparatory change in its food.

_The Development of the Fowl_

Section 23. The frog has an ovum with a moderate allowance of yolk,
but the quantity is only sufficient to start the little animal a part
of its way towards the adult state. The fowl, on the contrary, has an
enormous ovum, gorged excessively, with yolk, and as a
consequence the chick is almost perfected when it is hatched. The
so-called yolk, the yellow of an egg, is the ovum proper; around that is
a coating of white albumen, in a shell membrane and a shell. At either
end of the yolk (Figure 1, y.) twisted strands of albuminous matter,
the chalazae (ch.) keep the yolk in place. The animal pole is a small
grey protoplasmic area, the germinal area (g.a.), on the yolk.

Section 24. We pointed out that the presence of the yolk in the frog's
egg led to a difference in the size of the cells at the animal and
vegetable poles. The late F.M. Balfour, borrowing a mathematical
technicality, suggested that the rate of segmentation in any part of an
ovum varies inversely with the amount of yolk. In the fowl's egg,
except just at the germinal area, the active protoplasm is at a
minimum, the inert yolk at a maximum; the ratio of yolk to protoplasm
is practically infinity, and the yolk therefore does not segment at all.
The yolk has diluted the active protoplasm so much as to render its
influence inappreciable. The germinal area segments, and lies upon
the yolk which has defeated the efforts of its small mingling of
protoplasm to divide. Such a type of segmentation in which only part
of the ovum segments is called meroblastic. If we compare this with
the typical blastosphere of the lower type, we see that it is, as it
were, flattened out on the yolk. This stage is shown in section in the
lower figure of Figure 1. b.d., the blastoderm, is from this point of
view, a part of the ripped and flattened blastosphere, spread out on
the yolk; s.c. is the segmentation cavity, and y. the yolk.

Section 25. There is no open invagination of an archenteron in the
fowl, as in the frog--, the gastrula, like the blastosphere, stage is
also masked. But, in the hinder region of the germinal area, a thick
mass of cells, grows inward and forward, and, appearing in the
dorsal view of the egg as a white streak, is called the primitive
streak (p.s.). By a comparison of the figures of frog and fowl the
student will easily perceive the complete correspondence of the
position of this with the blastopore of the frog. The relation of the two
will be easily understood if we compare the fowl's archenteron to a
glove-finger under pressure-- its cavity is obliterated-- and the frog's
to the glove-finger blown out. The tension of the protoplasm,
straining over the enormous yolk, answers to the pressure. The
gastrula in the fowl is solid. The primitive streak is, in fact, the scar
of a closed blastopore. As we should expect from this view of its
homology, at the primitive streak, the three embryonic layers are
continuous and indistinguishable (Figure 2). Elsewhere in the
blastoderm they are distinctly separate. Just as the yolk cells of the
frog form the ventral wall of the intestine, so nuclei appear along the
upper side of the yolk of the fowl, where some protoplasm still
exists, and give rise to the ventral hypoblastic cells. By conceiving a
gradually increasing amount of yolk in the hypoblastic cells in the
ventral side of the archenteron, the substantial identity of the
gastrula stage in the three types, which at first appear so strikingly
different, will be perceived. Carry Figures 4 and 5 of the frog one
step further by increasing the size of the shaded yolk and leaving it
unsegmented, and instead of ar. in 5 show a solid mass of cells,
and the condition of things in the fowl would at once be rendered.

Section 26. Figure 3a of the fowl will conveniently serve for
comparison with Figure 7 of the frog. The inturning of the medullary
groove is entirely similar in the two cases. The mesoblast appears as
solid mesoblastic somites. In the section above Figure 4 this layer is
shown as having split into somatopleur (so.) and splanchnopleur
(spch.). Figure 3 answers to Figure 6 of the frog, and Figure 4 is a
later stage, in which the medullary groove is beginning to close at its
middle part. The clear club-shaped area around the embryo (a.p.) is
the area pellucida; the larger area without this is the area opaca
(a.o.), in which the first bloodvessels arise by a running together and
a specialization of cells. The entire germinal area grows steadily at its
edges to creep over and enclose the yolk.

Section 27. So far, the essential differences between the development
of fowl and frog, the meroblastic segmentation, absence of a typical
gastrula, and the primitive streak, seem comprehensible on the theory
that such differences are due to the presence of an enormous amount
of yolk. Another difference that appears later is that, while the tadpole
has an efficient pronephros, the fowl, which has no larval (free
imperfect) stages in its life history, has the merest indication of such
a structure.

Section 28. Another striking contrast, due to, or connected with, this
plethora of yolk, is the differentiation of a yolk sac (= umbilical
vesicle) and the development of two new structures, the amnion and
allantois, in the fowl. If the student will compare Figure 10 of the frog,
he will see that the developing tadpole encloses in its abdomen all the
yolk provided for it. This is a physical impossibility in the fowl. In the
fowl (Figure 2, Sheet 24) the enormous yolk (Y.) lies outside of the
embryo, and, as the cells of the germinal area grow slowly over
it, umbilical bloodvessels are developed to absorb and carry the
material to the embryo. In the case of an embryo sinking in upon, as
it absorbs, this mass of nutritive material, a necessity for some
respiratory structure is evident. From the hinder end of the fowl's
intestine, in a position corresponding to the so-called, urinary bladder
of the frog, a solid outgrowth, the allantois, which speedily becomes
hollow, appears. Early stages are shown in Figures 1 and 2, Sheet
24 (al.); while the same thing is shown more diagrammatically on
Sheet 23, Figure 6 (all.). This becomes at last a great hollow sac,
which is applied closely to the porous shell, and the extent of which
will be appreciated by looking at Figure 5, Sheet 24, where the
allantois is shaded. Allantoic bloodvessels ramify thickly over its
walls, and aeration occurs through the permeable shell.

Section 29. The nature of the amnion will be understood by following
Figures 4b, 5, and 6 on Sheet 23. The three embryonic layers are
indicated by broken lines, dots, and black lines, just as they are in
the frog diagrams. Not only is the embryo slowly pinched off from the
yolk sac (y.s.), but, as the yolk is absorbed beneath it, and it grows
in size, it sinks into the space thus made, the extra-embryonic
somatopleur and epiblast rise up round it as two folds, which are
seen closing in 5, and closed in 6, over the dorsal side of the young
chick. In this way a cavity, a., lined by epiblast, and called the
amniotic cavity, is formed. Dorsal to this, in 6, comes a space lined
by somatic mesoblast, and continuous with p.p., the
pleuro-peritoneal cavity, or body cavity of the embryo. Outside this,
again, is a layer, of somatopleur internally and epiblast externally, the
false amnion (f.a.), which is continuous with the serous membrane
(s.m.) enclosing the rest of the egg. The student should, carefully
copy these diagrams, with coloured pencils or inks for the different
layers, and should compare them with the more realistic renderings of
Figures 2, 5, and 8, Sheet 24.

Section 30. The heart in the fowl appears first as a pair of vessels,
which unite to form a straight trunk in the median line, as the
flattened-out embryo closes in from the yolk. The way in which this
straight trunk is thrown, first of all, into the S shape of the fish heart,
and then gradually assumes the adult form, is indicated roughly by
Figure 3. In one respect the development of the heart does not follow
the lines one would expect. Since, between the fish and the higher
form comes the condition of such an animal as the frog, in which the
auricles are divided, while there is only one ventricle, we might expect
a stage in which the developing chick's heart would have one ventricle,
and a septum between the auricles. But, as a matter of fact, the
ventricles in fowl and rabbit are separated first, and the separation of
the auricles follows, and is barely complete at birth.

Section 31. Two vitelline veins from the yolk sac (v.v.) flow into the
heart from behind, as shown in Figure 1. A later more complete and
more diagrammatic figure of the circulation is seen in Figure 7. At first
there are two anterior cardinal (a.c.), and two posterior cardinal veins
(p.c.) uniting to form Cuvierian sinuses (c.s.) that open into the heart
just as in the dog-fish. But later the inferior cava is developed and
extends backward, the posterior cardinals atrophy, the Cuvierian
sinuses become the superior cavae, and the anterior cardinals the
internal jugular veins. The vitelline veins (v.v.) flow, at first,
uninterruptedly through the liver to the inferior cava, but, as
development proceeds, a capillary system is established in the liver,
and the through communication, the ductus venosus, is reduced-- at
last-- completely. Bearing in mind that the yolk is outside the body in
the fowl and inside it in the frog, the vitelline veins of the former
have a considerable resemblance in position, and in their relation to the
portal vein, to a portion of the single anterior abdominal vein. Blood is
taken out to the allantois, however, by the arteries of the latter type.

Section 32. Five aortic arches are generally stated to appear
altogether in the fowl, but not simultaneously. The first two, the
mandibular and the hyoid vascular arches, early disappear, and are
not comparable to any in the frog. The third is the first branchial arch,
and, like the corresponding arch in the frog, forms the carotid artery;
the second branchial is the aortic arch; and what has hitherto been
regarded as the third (the fifth arch, i.e.) the pulmonary artery. A
transitory arch, it is now known, however, appears between the
second branchial and the last, and it is therefore the fourth branchial
arch which is the pulmonary, just as it is in the frog.

Section 33. Blood, it may be mentioned, first appears in the area
vasculosa, the outer portion of the area opaca. Embryonic cells send
out processes, and so become multipolar; the processes of adjacent
cells coalesce. The nucleus divides, and empty spaces appear in the
substance of each of the cells.

In this way, the cavities of the smaller vessels and capillaries are
formed, and the products of the internal divisions of the cells become
the corpuscles within the vessels. The red blood corpuscles of the
rabbit, it may be added, are nucleated for a considerable portion of
embryonic life. Larger vessels and the heart are burrowed, as it were,
out of masses of mesoblast cells. The course of the blood in the
embryo is by the veins to the right auricle, thence through the
imperfection of the auricular septum already alluded to, into the left
auricle. Then the left ventricle, aortic arches (for the future pulmonary
artery is in communication by a part presently blocked, the ductus
arterious, with the systemic aorta), arteries, capillaries, veins. The
liver capillary system and the pulmonary system only become
inserted upon the circulation at a comparatively late stage.

Section 34. With the exception of the reduction of the pronephros,
what has been said of the development of the frog's nervous system,
renal and reproductive organs, and skeleton, applies sufficiently to the
fowl for our present purposes. The entire separation of Wolffian and
Mullerian ducts from the very beginning of development is here beyond
all question (vide Section 18). But the notochord in the fowl is not so
distinctly connected with the hypoblast, and so distinct from the
mesoblast, as it is in the lower type, and no gills, internal or external,
are ever developed. The gill slits occur with a modification due to the
slitting and flattening out of the embryo, already insisted upon; for,
whereas in the tadpole they may be described as perforations, in the
fowl they appear as four notches between ingrowing processes that
are endeavouring to meet in the middle line.

_The Development of the Rabbit_

Section 35. The early development of the rabbit is apt to puzzle
students a little at first. We have an ovum practically free from yolk
(alecithal), and, therefore, we find it dividing completely and almost
equally. We naturally assume, from what we have learnt, that the next
stages will be the formation of a hollow blastosphere, invagination, a
gastrula forming mesoblast by hollow outgrowths from the
archenteron, and so on. There is no yolk here to substitute epiboly
(Section 9) for invagination, nor to obliterate the archenteron and the
blastopore through its pressure.

Yet none of these things we have anticipated occur!

We find solid mesoblastic somites, we find primitive streak, allantois
and amnion, features we have just been explaining as the
consequence of an excess of yolk in the egg. We even find a yolk sac
with no yolk in it.

Section 36. A solid mass of cells is formed at the beginning, called a
morula, Figure 1. In this we are able to distinguish rather smaller
outer layer cells (o.l.c.), and rather larger inner layer cells (i.l.c.),
but these cells, in their later development, do not answer at all to the
two primitive layers of the gastrula, and the name of Van Beneden's
blastopore (V.B.b.), for a point where the outer layer of cells is
incomplete over the inner, only commemorates the authorship of a
misnomer. The uniformity, or agreement, in the development of our
other vertebrate types is apparently departed from here.

{Illustration: Development Section 36.}

Section 37. As the egg develops, however, we are astonished to find
an increasing resemblance to that of the fowl. A split occurs at one
point between outer layer and inner layer cells, and the space
resulting (Y in Figure 2) is filled by an increasing amount of fluid, and
rapidly enlarges, so that presently we have the state of affairs shown
in 3, in which the inner layer cells are gathered together at one point
on the surface of the ovum, and constitute the germinal area. If, with
Hubrecht, we regard the outer layer cells as an egg membrane, there
is a curious parallelism between this egg and the fowl's the fluid Y
representing the yolk; and the inner layer cells the cells of the fowl's
germinal area.

At any rate, the subsequent development goes far to justify such a
view. The inner cells split into epi-, meso-, and hypo-blast, like the
blastoderm in the fowl; there is a primitive streak and no blastopore;
an amnion arises; the yolk sac, small and full of serous fluid, is cut off
just as the enormous yolk of the fowl is cut off; and an allantois arises
in the same way. There is no need to give special diagrams-- Figures
3, 4b, 5, and 6 of the fowl will do in all respects, except proportion, for
the development of the rabbit. The differences are such as we may
account for, not on the supposition that the rabbit's ovum never had
any yolk, but that an abundant yolk has been withdrawn from it. The
nutrition of the embryo by yolk has been superseded by some better
method. The supposition that the rabbit is descended from ancestors
which, like the birds and reptiles, laid eggs with huge quantities of
yolk, meets every circumstance of the case.

Section 38. But the allantois and yolk sac of the rabbit, though they
correspond in development, differ entirely in function from the similar
organs of the fowl. The yolk sac is of the very smallest nutritive value;
instead of being the sole source of food, its contents scarcely avail
the young rabbit at all as nourishment. Its presence in development is
difficult to account for except on the supposition, that it was once of
far greater importance. At an early stage, the outgrowing allantois,
pushing in front of it the serous membrane, is closely applied to the
lining of the mother's uterus. The maternal uterus and the embryonic
allantois send out finger-like processes into each other which
interlock, and the tissue between the abundant bloodvessels in them
thins down to such an extent that nutritive material, peptones and
carbohydrates, and oxygen also, diffuse freely through it from
mother to foetus,* and carbon dioxide, water, and urea from the
foetus to the mother. The structure thus formed by the union of the
wall of the maternal uterus, allantois, and the intermediate structures
is called the placenta. Through its intermediation, the young rabbit
becomes, as it were, rooted and parasitic on the mother, and utilizes
her organs for its own alimentation, respiration, and excretion. It
gives off CO2, H2O, and urea, by the placenta, and it receives O and
elaborated food material through the same organ. This is the better
method that has superseded the yolk.

* The embryo.

Section 39. In its later development, the general facts already
enunciated with regard to the organs of frog and fowl hold, and where
frog and fowl are stated to differ, the rabbit follows the fowl. In the
circulation the left fourth vascular arch (second branchial) gives rise to
the aortic arch; in the right the corresponding arch disappears, except
so much of it as remains as the innominate artery. The azygos vein
(Chapter 3) -is a vestige of- [is derived from] the right posterior
cardinal sinus. Both pulmonary arteries in the rabbit are derived from
the left sixth vascular arch (= fourth branchial). Compare Section 32. The
allantois altogether disappears in the adult fowl; in the adult mammal
a portion of its hollow stalk remains as the urinary bladder, and the
point where it left the body is marked by the umbilicus or navel. The
umbilical arteries become the small hypogastric arteries on either side
of the urinary bladder. There is no trace of a pronephros at all in the

Section 40. We may note here the development of the eye. This is
shown in Figure 4, Sheet 24. A hollow cup-shaped vesicle from the
brain grows out towards an at first hollow cellular ingrowth from the
epidermis. The cavity within the wall of the cup derived from the brain
is obliterated, [and the stalk withers,] the cup becomes the retina, and
-its stalk- [thence fibres grow back to the brain to form] the optic
nerve. The cellular ingrowth is the lens. The remainder of the
eye-structures are of mesoblastic origin, except the superficial
epithelium of the cornea. The retinal cup is not complete at first
along the ventral line, so that the rim of the cup, viewed as in
Figure 1, r., is horseshoe shaped. -Hence the optic nerve differs from
other nerves in being primitively hollow.- In all other sense organs,
as, for instance, the olfactory sacs and the ears, the percipient
epithelium is derived, from the epiblast directly, and not indirectly
through the nervous system. These remarks apply to all vertebrate

Section 41. The supposition, that the general characters of the
rabbit's ovum were stamped upon it as an heritage from a period when
the ancestors of the mammals were egg-laying reptiles, is
strengthened by the fact that the two lowest and most reptile-like of
all the mammalia, the duck-billed platypus and the echidna, have
been shown to depart from the distinctive mammalian character, and
to lay eggs. And, in further confirmation of this supposition, we find, in
tracing the mammals and reptiles back through the geological record,
that in the Permian and Triassic rocks there occur central forms
which combine, in a most remarkable way, reptilian and mammalian

Section 42. In conclusion, we would earnestly recommend the
student to see more of embryological fact than what is given him here.
It is seeing and thinking, much more than reading, which will enable
him to clothe the bare terms and phrases of embryology with coherent
knowledge. In Howes' Atlas of Biology there is a much fuller series of
figures of the frog's development than can be given here,
and they are drawn by an abler hand than mine can pretend to be.
There is also an Atlas d'Embryologie, by Mathias Duval, that makes
the study of the fowl's development entertaining and altogether
delightful. Such complete series as these are, from the nature of the
case, impossible with the rabbit. Many students who take up the
subject of biology do so only as an accessory to more extended work
in other departments of science. To such, practical work in
embryology is either altogether impossible, or only possibly to a very
limited extent. The time it will consume is much greater, and the
intellectual result is likely to be far less than the study of such plates
as we have named.

_The Theory of Evolution_

Section 43. We have now considered our types, both from the
standpoint of adult anatomy and from embryological data; and we
have seen through the vertebrate series a common structure
underlying wide diversity in external appearance and detailed
anatomy. We have seen a certain intermediateness of structure in the
frog, as compared with the rabbit and dog-fish, notably in the skull
and skeleton, in the circulation, in the ear, and in the reduced
myomeres; and we have seen that the rabbit passes in these
respects, and in others, through dog-fish- and frog-like stages in its
development, and this alone would be quite sufficient to suggest that
the similarities of structure are due to other causes than a primordial
adaptation to certain conditions of life.

Section 44. It has been suggested by very excellent people that these
resemblances are due to some unexplained necessity of adherence
to type, as though, the power that they assume created these
animals originally, as they are now, coupled creative ability with a
plentiful lack of ideas, and so perforce repeated itself with impotent
variations. On the other hand, we have the supposition that these are
"family likenesses," and the marks of a common ancestry. This is the
opinion now accepted by all zoologists of repute.

Section 45. It must not be for a moment imagined that it is implied
that rabbits are descended from frogs, or frogs from dog-fish, but that
these three forms are remote cousins, derived from some ancient
and far simpler progenitor. But since both rabbit and frog pass through
phases like the adult condition of the dog-fish, it seems probable that
the dog-fish has remained more like the primordial form than these
two, and similarly, the frog than the rabbit.

Section 46. Hence we may infer that the mammals were the last of
the three groups, of which we have taken types, to appear upon the
earth, and that the fishes preceded, the amphibia. Workers in an
entirely independent province, that of palaeontology, completely
endorse this supposition. The first Vertebrata to appear in the fossil
history of the world are fishes; fish spines and placoid scales
(compare dog-fish) appear in the Ordovician rocks. In the coal
measures come the amphibia; and in the Permo-triassic strata,
reptile-like mammals. In the Devonian rocks, which come between the
Silurian and the coal measures, we find very plentiful remains of
certain fish called the dipnoi, of which group three genera still survive;
they display, in numberless features of their anatomy, transitional
characters between true fish and amphibia. Similarly, in the Permian
come mammal-like reptiles, that point also downward to the amphibia.
We find, therefore, the story told by the ovum written also in the

Section 47. Now, when this fact of a common ancestry is considered,
it becomes necessary to explain how this gradual change of animal
forms may have been brought about.

Section 48. Two subcontrary propositions hold of the young of any
animal. It resembles in many points its parent. It differs in many
points from its parent. The general scheme of structure and the
greater lines of feature are parental, inherited; there are also novel and
unique details that mark the individual. The first fact is the law of
inheritance; the second, of variation.

Section 49. Now the parent or parents, since they live and breed,
must be more or less, but sufficiently, adapted to their conditions of
living-- more or less fitted to the needs of life. The variation in the
young animal will be one of three kinds: it will fit the animal still
better to the conditions under which its kind live, or it will be a change
for the worse, or it is possible to imagine that the variation-- as in the
colour variations of domesticated cats-- will affect its prospects in life
very little. In the first case, the probability is that the new animal will
get on in life, and breed, and multiply above the average; in the
second, it is probable that, in the competition for food and other
amenities of life, the disadvantage, whatever it is, under which the
animal suffers will shorten its career, and abbreviate the tale of its
offspring; while, in the third case, an average career may be expected.
Hence, disregarding accidents, which may be eliminated from the
problem by taking many cases, there is a continual tendency among
the members of a species of animals in favour of the proportionate
increase of the individuals most completely adapted to the conditions
under which the species lives. That is, while the conditions remain
unchanged, the animals, considered as one group, are continually
more highly perfected to live under those conditions. And under
changed conditions the specific form will also change.

Section 50. The idea of this process of change may be perhaps
rendered more vivid by giving an imaginary concrete instance of its
working. In the jungles of India, which preserve a state of things which
has existed for immemorial years, we find the tiger, his stripes
simulating jungle reeds, his noiseless approach learnt from nature in
countless millions of lessons of success and failure, his perfectly
powerful claws and execution methods; and, living in the same jungle,
and with him as one of the conditions of life, are small deer, alert,
swift, light of build, inconspicuous of colour, sharp of hearing,
keen-eyed, keen-scented-- because any downward variation from
these attributes means swift and certain death. To capture the deer is
a condition, of the tiger's life, to escape the tiger a condition of the
deer's; and they play a great contest under these conditions, with life
as the stake. The most alert deer almost always escape; the least
so, perish.

Section 51. But conditions may alter. For instance, while most of
these deer still live in the jungle with tigers, over a considerable area
of their habitat, some change may be at work that thins the jungle,
destroys the tigers in it, and brings in, let us say, wolves, as an
enemy to the deer, instead of tigers. Now, against the wolves, which
do not creep, but hunt noisily, and which do not spring suddenly upon
prey, but follow by scent, and run it down in packs, keen eyes, sharp
ears, acute perceptions, will be far less important than endurance in
running. The deer, under the new conditions, will need coarser and
more powerful limbs, and a larger chest; it will be an advantage to be
rough and big, instead, of frail and inconspicuous, and the ears and
eyes need not be so large. The old refinements will mean weakness
and death; any variation along the line of size and coarseness will be
advantageous. Slight and delicate deer will be continually being killed,
rougher and stronger deer continually escaping. And so gradually,
under the new circumstances, if they are not sufficient to exterminate
the species, the finer characteristics will be eliminated, and a new
variety of our old jungle deer will arise, and, if the separation and
contrast of the conditions is sufficiently great and permanent, we
may, at last, in the course of ages, get a new kind of deer specifically
different in its limbs, body, sense organs, colour, and instincts, from
the deer that live in the jungle. And these latter will, on their side, be
still continually more perfected to the jungle life they are leading.

Section 52. Take a wider range of time and vaster changes of
condition than this, and it becomes possible to imagine how the
social cattle-- with their united front against an enemy, fierce
onslaught, and their general adaptation to prairie life-- have
differentiated from the ancestors of the slight and timid deer; how the
patient camel, with his storage hump, water storage, and feet padded
against hot sand, has been moulded by the necessity of desert life
from the same ancestral form. And so we may work back, and link
these forms, and other purely vegetarian feeders, with remoter
cousins, the ancestral hogs. Working in this way, we presently get a
glimpse of a possible yet remoter connection of all these hoofed and
mainly vegetarian animals, with certain "central types" that carry us
across to the omnivorous, and, in some cases, almost entirely
vegetarian bears, and to the great and prosperous family of clawed,
meat-eaters. And thus we elucidate, at last, a thread of blood
relationship between the, at present, strongly contrasted and
antagonistic deer and tiger, and passing thence into still wider
generalizations, it would be possible to connect the rabbit playing in
the sunshine, with the frog in the ditch, the dog-fish in the sea-waters
and the lancelet in the sand. For the transition from dog-fish to rabbit
differs from the transition from one species of deer to another only in
magnitude: it is an affair of vast epochs instead merely of thousands
of years.

Section 53. It would, however, be beyond the design of this book to
carry our demonstration of the credibility of a common ancestry of
animals still further back. But we may point out here that it is not a
theory, based merely upon one set of facts, but one singularly rich in
confirmation. We can construct, on purely anatomical grounds, a
theoretical pedigree. Now the independent study of embryology
suggests exactly the same pedigree, and the entirely independent
testimony of palaeontology is precisely in harmony with the already
confirmed theory arrived at in this way.

Section 54. It is in the demonstration of this wonderful unity in life,
only the more confirmed the more exhaustive our analysis becomes,
that the educational value and human interest of biology chiefly lies. In
the place of disconnected species of animals, arbitrarily created, and
a belief in the settled inexplicable, the student finds an enlightening
realization of uniform and active causes beneath an apparent diversity.
And the world is not made and dead like a cardboard model or a
child's toy, but a living equilibrium; and every day and every hour,
every living thing is being weighed in the balance and found sufficient
or wanting.

Our little book is the merest beginning in zoology; we have stated one
or two groups of facts and made one or two suggestions. The great
things of the science of Darwin, Huxley, Wallace, and Balfour remain
mainly untold. In the book of nature there are written, for instance, the
triumphs of survival, the tragedy of death and extinction, the
tragi-comedy of degradation and inheritance, the gruesome lesson of
parasitism, and the political satire of colonial organisms. Zoology is,
indeed, a philosophy and a literature to those who can read its
symbols. In the contemplation of beauty of form and of mechanical
beauty, and in the intellectual delight of tracing and elucidating
relationships and criticising appearances, there is also for many a
great reward in zoological study. With an increasing knowledge of the
facts of the form of life, there gradually appears to the student the
realization of an entire unity shaped out by their countless, and often
beautiful, diversity. And at last, in the place of the manifoldness of a
fair or a marine store, the student of science perceives the infinite
variety of one consistent and comprehensive Being-- a realization to
which no other study leads him at present so surely.

To the student who feels inclined to amplify this brief outline of
Vertebrate Anatomy, we may mention the following books:
Wiedersheim's and Parker's Vertebrates, Huxley's Anatomy of the
Vertebrata, Flower's Osteology of the Mammalia, Wallace's
Distribution, Nicholson and Lyddeker's Palaeontology (Volume 2),
the summaries in Rolleston's Forms of Animal Life (where a
bibliography will be found), and Balfour's Embryology. But reading
without practical work is a dull and unprofitable method of study.

_Questions on Embryology_

   [All these questions were actually set at London University
   {In Both Editions.}

1. Describe the changes in the egg-cell which precede fertilization;
describe the process of fertilization and the formation of the primary
cell-layers, as exhibited, in three of the animal types known to you.
What is the notochord, and how is it developed in the frog?

2. Describe the early stages in the development of the egg of the fowl
as far as the closure of the neural groove. How do you account for
the primitive streak?

3. Describe the cleavage and the surface appearances of the egg of
the frog and of the rabbit, up to the time when the first gill-slits
appear in the embryo. Give illustrative diagrams of what you

4. Describe the structure and cleavage of the ovum (a) of the frog, (b)
of the fowl, and (c) of the rabbit. (d) Explain as far as possible the
differences in the cleavage of these three eggs. (e) Point out how the
embryo is nourished in each case, and (f) describe the constitution of
the placenta in the rabbit.

5. (a) What are the protovertebrae? (b) How does the notochord
originate in the frog? (c) How are the vertebrae laid down in the
tadpole? (d) Describe the vertebral column of the adult frog. (e) In what
important respects do the centra of the vertebrae of the frog, the
dog-fish, and the rabbit differ from one another?

6. Give an account of the more important features in the development
of the frog.

7. What temporary organs are developed in the embryo frog which are
absent from the embryo bird and mammal, and what in the two latter
which are absent from the former?

8. Draw diagrams, with the parts named, of the heart and great
arteries of the frog, giving descriptions only in so far as is necessary
to explain your diagrams; trace the development of these structures in
the tadpole; point out particularly in which of the embryonic visceral
(branchial) arches the great arteries of the adult run.

9. Trace the history of the post-oral gill-slits and their accompanying
cartilaginous bars and vascular arches in the frog, fowl, and rabbit.

10. Give a short account, with illustrative figures, of the mode of
formation of the primary germinal layers in amphioxus and in the frog.
What explanation can you give of the differences between the two

11. Give a short account, with diagrammatic figures, of the principal
changes which occur in the circulatory and respiratory organs during
the metamorphosis of the tadpole into the frog.

12. How do protozoa differ from higher animals (metazoa) as regards
(a) structure, (b) reproduction? Compare the process of fission in an
amoeba with the segmentation of the ovum in amphioxus, pointing out
the resemblances and differences between the two cases.

-Miscellaneous Questions_

   [Most of these questions were actually set at the Biological
   Examinations of London University.] {In Both Editions.}

1. Describe (a) the digestive, (b) the circulatory, (c) the excretory, and
(d) the reproductive organs of the amphioxus.

2. Describe the stomach and intestines of the dog-fish and rabbit, and
point out in what way their differences are connected with diet.

3. Describe the mechanism of respiration in the adult frog, and
contrast it with that of the tadpole.

4. Give an account of the structure of the epidermis and its
outgrowths in the frog and the rabbit.

5. Describe the organs of circulation (heart and main arteries and
veins) and respiration in the frog in its mature and immature states.

6. Give a brief account of the physiology of respiration. Describe fully
the means by which respiration is effected in the following animals:--
frog, amphioxus, rabbit, and dog-fish.

7. Describe the minute structure of the blood of the rabbit, frog, and

8. Describe and illustrate by means of sketches the chief points of
difference between the skeleton of the rabbit as a typical mammal,
and that of the common frog as a typical amphibian.

9. (a) Explain what is meant by the term "central nervous system."
(b) Describe the tissue elements which enter into its composition.
(c) Explain, as far as you can, the function of each structure
described. (d) How is the central nervous system developed in the
frog, and (e) in the rabbit? (f) What conclusions may be drawn from
the facts stated as to the origin of the central nervous system in

10. Give an account of the structure (including histology) and of the
functions of the spinal cord and spinal nerves of the frog.

11. Give a description of the minute structure and chemical
characters of the following tissues as seen in the frog:-- cartilage,
bone, muscle. From which of the primary cell-layers of the embryo are
they respectively developed?

12. What substance is excreted by the renal organ of a frog, and what
relation does this substance bear to the general life of the organism?
Describe the parts by which similar excretion is believed to be
effected in amoeba, hydra, earthworm, mussel, and lobster.

13. Describe, with illustrative sketches, the structure of the connective
tissue, cartilage, and muscular tissue of a frog. Also describe the
structure of the muscular tissue of the lobster and snail.

14. Give in account of the more important features in the
development of the frog.

15. Describe and compare the structure of the renal organs in a frog
and a rabbit.

16. Give an account of the structure of the genito-urinary organs of the
frog. Compare these organs of the frog with those of the dog-fish and
of the rabbit. Distinguish in each case the conditions of the two
sexes, and describe briefly the microscopic structure and
development of the ova and of the spermatozoa.

17. Describe, with diagrams, the arrangement of the urinary and
generative organs in the male of (a) the rabbit, (b) the dog-fish, and
(c) the frog; (d) point out the most important differences between

18. (a) Describe the structure of the ovarian egg of the rabbit, (b) and
of the pigeon, (c) and of the frog; (d) from what part of the embryo do
they originate? (e) What is the structure and origin of the ovarian
follicle in the rabbit, and (f) of the ovarian stroma? (g) What is the
"granulosa" and what the "zona pellucida"?

19. Describe the pre-segmentation changes, mode of impregnation,
and early stages of development in the ovum of the frog, as far as the
closure of the neural canal.

20. Illustrate, with diagrams, from the structure of typical organisms,
the principle of repetition of similar parts.

-Note on Making Comparisons_

Students preparing for examinations are frequently troubled by
"comparison" questions. Tabulation is often recommended, but we are
inclined to favour a rather more flexible plan of marking off differences
and resemblances. In tabulation a considerable loss of time is
occasioned by writing down the features of both the things compared,
and this is a serious consideration for the examinee. We advise him
therefore, first, if he possibly can, to draw side by side and in
corresponding positions the two things under consideration, and then,
going over them in a methodical way, to state simply the difference
between each homologous part. We append as examples three test
answers actually submitted (with figures) in "Correspondence" work:--

1. Compare the brain of the frog with that of the rabbit.

   In the frog's fore-brain--

      The olfactory lobes are fused in the middle line.

      There is no corpus callosum, nor is there a middle commissure to
      the third ventricle.

      The cerebral hemispheres are not convoluted, and, looked at from
      the dorsal aspect, do not hide the thalamencephalon and mid-brain.

      The pineal gland lies in the cranial wall and not deeply between
      the hemispheres, and its stalk is longer and tilts forward.

   In the mid-brain--

      The optic lobes are two, instead of being corpora quadrigemina,
      and hollow.

   In the hind-brain--

      The cerebellum is a very small transverse band, and has no
      lateral parts.

      The medulla is relatively larger.

      There are no spinal accessory nor hypoglossal nerves to the

2. Compare the vertebrae of dog-fish, rabbit, and frog.

   The centra of the dog-fish are -opistho- [amphi]-coelous
   (i.e., hollow at either end).

   The centra of the rabbit are flat-faced.

   The centra of the frog are procoelous (hollow in front).

   The notochord persists between the centra in the dog-fish and
   rabbit, within the centra in frog.

   The centra of the rabbit have epiphyses, absent in the dogfish
   and frog.

   The transverse processes of the rabbit typically bear ribs.
   Short ribs occur in the dog-fish, but their homology with those
   of the rabbit is doubtful. The frog has no ribs.

   The interneural plates are peculiar to the dog-fish in this

3. Compare the skull of the dog with that of the frog.

   The Brain Case--

      Of the frog is a cylindrical box, from which the otic capsules
      project conspicuously on either side. It contains only two
      ossifications in its cartilaginous substance (the sphen-ethmoid
      and the ex-occipital), being protected by the membrane bones,
      the parieto-frontals above and the parasphenoid below.

      In the mammal it is enormously inflated, and the otic capsules
      are imbedded in its wall. There are supra- and basi- as well as
      ex-occipital bones; the para-sphenoid is (? entirely) gone, and
      its place is taken by the basi- and pre-sphenoids, and the
      lateral walls contain fresh paired ossifications, the ali- and
      orbito-sphenoids-- all cartilage bones. The sphenethmoid is
      perhaps represented in part by the ethmoid.

      As a result of the inflation of the brain-case, the squamosal,
      which slopes downward and outward in the frog, and overlies the
      cartilaginous suspensorium (quadrate cartilage), has become a
      constituent of the brain-case wall, and slopes downwardly and in.

   Jaw Suspension--

      The point of attachment of the jaw has shifted outward, and the
      original suspensorial cartilage (the quadrate) has taken on a new
      and minor function as the incus of the middle ear-- the squamosal
      superseding it as the suspensory part.

   Lower Jaw--

      Distinct bones in the frog; one mass in the dog.

   Otic Capsule--

      Position as specified. One centre of ossification in the frog
      forming pro-otic; several fuse together and form periotic of the

      There is no bulla and no external ear in the frog.


      In the frog the posterior nares open into the front of the mouth.
      In the dog the maxillae and palatines send plates down and in (the
      palatine plates) to cut off a nasal passage from the rest of the
      buccal chamber, and carry the posterior nares back to the pharynx,
      thus cutting the vomers off from the mouth roof.

      The pterygoids in the dog are much reduced, and do not reach back
      to the suspensorium.

      The frog has no lachrymal bone.

-Syllabus Of Practical Work_

We would impress upon the student at the outset the importance of
some preliminary reading before dissection is undertaken. No one
would dream of attempting to explore a deserted city without some
previous study of maps and guide-books, but we find again and again
students undertaking to explore the complicated anatomy of a
vertebrated animal without the slightest, or only the slightest,
preparatory reading. This is entirely a mistake. A student should be
familiar with the nomenclature of the structures he contemplates
examining, he should have some idea of their mutual relations and
functions, or his attention will inevitably be diverted by the difficulty
of new names and physiological questionings to the neglect of his
dissection, and that careful observation of form and mutual position
which is the essential object of dissection. On the other hand, it is
equally necessary-- perhaps more so-- to warn students against the
bookish fallacy, and to assure them of the absolute impossibility of
realizing biological facts from reading alone. Practical work can alone
confirm and complete the knowledge to which the text-book is the
guide. In scientific teaching it may sometimes be convenient for the
thought to precede the thing, but until the thing has been dealt with
the knowledge gained is an unsatisfactory and unstable possession.

For such dissection as the subject-matter of this book requires, the
following appliances will be needed:--

   (a) Two or three scalpels of various sizes.

   (b) Scissors, which must taper gradually, have straight blades, and
   be pointed at the ends, and which must bite right up to the tips (or
   they are useless). Two pairs, small and large, are advisable.

   (c) Forceps, which must hold firmly, and meet truly at the points.

   (d) Two needles set in wooden handles.

   (e) An ordinary watchmaker's eye-glass is very helpful, but not

   (f) A dissecting dish-- an ordinary pie dish will do-- into which
   melted paraffin wax has been poured, to the depth of, say,
   three-quarters of an inch, and allowed to solidify. (This wax may
   be blackened by mixture with lampblack. If the wax floats up at any
   time, it can, of course, be remelted. Or it may be loaded with

   (g) A rough table or board (for the rabbit and dog-fish).

   (h) Blanket pins, and ordinary pins.

   (i) A pickle or other wide-mouthed jar, and some common, methylated

   (j) A microscope, with low power of 1 inch or 1/2 inch, and high
   power 1/6 inch or 1/4 inch. Glass slips and cover glasses, and a
   bottle of very weak (1 per cent.) solution of salt.

Animals for dissection may be obtained from the recognised dealers,
who usually advertise in such scientific periodicals as Nature,
Natural Science, and Knowledge. Sinel (naturalist, Jersey) is the most
satisfactory dealer in dog-fish in our experience; Bolton (Malvern) will
supply Amphioxus through the post; frogs and rabbits may be
obtained anywhere. The tame variety of rabbit is quite satisfactory for
the purpose of dissection.

The following notes may possibly be of some use to the student; they
follow the lines of work arranged by the author for the evening classes
of the University Tutorial College, classes considerably restricted as
regards time, when compared with ordinary laboratory workers. Most
of the sections below occupied about three hours, but for a student
working alone they are more likely to take four or five, and even then it
is not probable that they will be so satisfactory as if performed under
skilled supervision. There are many points extremely difficult to
convey verbally which are elucidated at once by actual demonstration
upon a specimen. Each of these dissections should be repeated, and
it is well if a different condition of the type is selected for the
repetition-- an old one if the first specimen was immature, a female if
the first was a male.

-The Rabbit_

May be killed by chloroform, or potassium cyanide, or drowned. It
may also be readily suffocated with house-hold gas. It should be killed
immediately before use, as otherwise the gastric juice attacks the
wall of the stomach, and the dissection is, in consequence, rendered
extremely disagreeable. A very young rabbit is unsatisfactory as
regards the genitalia, but otherwise there is no objection to a little
one, and it has this advantage-- that it may be immersed more
conveniently under water, in a large pie dish, for purposes of fine
dissection. The external features of the animal should be examined:
eyelids, whiskers and teeth, toes, anus, perineal space on either side
of the same, urogenital opening, and position of the ribs, vertebral
column, and limb girdles beneath the skin should be made out. Then
the animal should be pinned out through the legs, the ventral surface
uppermost, the skin opened up along the middle line from pelvic girdle
to symphyses of jaw; separated from the body wall below by means
of the handle of a scalpel, and turned back; and then the abdominal
wall should be cut into and two flaps pinned back to expose its
contents. Note the xiphisternum. The caecum and colon will be
recognised (Section 16); the stomach, the right and left central, and
left lateral lobes of the liver will probably be apparent; and the urinary
bladder (especially if distended) in the middle line behind. Without any
further dissection, but simply by turning the parts over, all the
structures of the abdomen in Figure 1, Sheet 1, will be identified.
Seek especially for and note particularly, the gall bladder, bile duct,
and portal vein, pancreatic duct, sacculus rotundus, vermiform
appendix, ureters (by pulling urinary bladder forward), genital ducts
(looping over ureters), spleen, kidneys, and adrenals. The vena cava
inferior is seen dorsally. The genital duct guides the student to the
genital gland; if the subject is a male, the testes may be exposed by
dissection, or by pulling the vas deferens gently the scrotal sac will be
turned inside out, and the testes brought into view. The ovary lies
exposed without dissection posterior to the kidney. Examine all this
carefully, and make small sketches of points of interest-- the duodenal
loop and the pyloric end of the stomach, for instance; the meeting of
colon, caecum, and sacculus rotundus again; or the urinary bladder
and adjacent parts. Note the dorsal aorta and vena cava and their
connexions behind. (Compare figure of circulation.) Cut through pelvic
girdle, and remove one hind leg, to see bladder and genital ducts
better (compare Sheet 10). Wash away any blood that may flow. Turn
all the intestines over to the animal's right, and see the dorsal aorta
and vena cava inferior of the abdomen, the inferior mesenteric artery,
and the spermatic (or ovarian) artery (compare, of course, with figure
in book). In front, immediately dorsal to the spleen, is a variable
quantity of lymphoidal tissue, which must be very carefully cleared to
see the superior mesenteric and coeliac arteries. Separate Spigelian
lobe from stomach, and look for vagus nerve descending by
oesophagus, solar plexus around the superior mesenteric artery, and
thrown up very distinctly by the purple vena cava inferior beneath, and
the splanchnic nerve. To see the abdominal sympathetic behind,
gently remove the peritoneum that lies on either side of the aorta;
blood-vessels will be seen running in between the vertebral bodies,
and the sympathetic chain, with its ganglia, made out very distinctly,
as it runs across them longitudinally. Now cut oesophagus just in
front of stomach, and cut the rectum, cut through the mesentery
supporting the intestine, and remove and unravel alimentary canal; cut
open, wash out, and examine caecum and stomach. Bleeding to a
considerable extent is inevitable, chiefly from the portal vein. The liver
had better remain if the same rabbit is to serve for the second

Second Dissection.-- Skin front of thorax and neck. Note subclavian
veins running out to fore limbs-- avoid cutting these. Cut through ribs
and remove front of thorax, to expose its contents; cut up middle line
of neck, and clear off small muscle bands, to expose bloodvessels;
pick away carefully whatever is left of thymus gland; make out
structure of heart and blood-vessels, as described, in Chapter 3; note
larynx and trachea. Now proceed to the examination of the nerves of
this region. See phrenic nerve, by vena cava inferior, and between
heart and lungs, and sympathetic, running over the heads of the ribs.
By the common carotids will be found the large white vagus nerve, the
greyish sympathetic, and a small branch of X., the depressor. Make
out branches of X. named in text. The big white cervical spinal nerves
will be evident dorsally. Clear forward into the angle between the jaw
and the bulla tympani, to see XII. and XI.; IX. will be found, lying
deeper, dorsal to the carotid artery and body of the hyoid. Compare
with figure given of this. Skin the cheek, and see VII. running over it.
Cut through malar and remove it; cut through lower jaw-bone and turn
it back, to see the third branch of the fifth nerve on its inner side;
examine the muscles of eyeball, and remove it, to expose the first
and second branches of V.-- the latter is especially deep within orbit.
Remove, open, wash out, and examine the heart. Shave off the dorsal
wall of cranium, to expose hemispheres of brain, and then put the
head in strong spirit for a week or so. With a second rabbit, this
dissection may advantageously be varied by removing the lower jaw,
cutting -up- [through] soft palate, and observing openings of the
Eustachian tubes. [The tonsils (on the ventral side of the soft palate)
must not confused with these.] The heart should also be cut out,
washed out and examined (Compare Sections 38, 44.)

Third Dissection.-- (Before this is performed the mammalian skull
should have been studied and examined.) Take the head of a rabbit,
the brain of which has been hardened by spirit, and carefully remove
cranium; be particularly careful in picking away the periotic bone, on
account of the flocculi of cerebellum. It is difficult to avoid injury to
the pituitary body embedded in the basisphenoid bone. Examine with
the help of Sheet 8. Make the sections there indicated.

-The Frog_

May be killed by drowning in dilute methylated spirit, or by chloroform.
Take a recently-killed frog, and examine a drop of its blood, spread
out on a glass slip, under the microscope; compare it with your own.
Before using the high power, put a cover glass over the object, of
course. Scrape the roof of the mouth of the frog gently, to obtain
ciliated epithelium; and mount in very weak salt solution-- the cilia will
still be active. Squamous epithelium may be seen by the student
similarly scraping the interior of his own cheek. Take a piece of
muscle from one of the frog's limbs, tease out with needles upon a
glass slip, and examine. To see the striations clearly, the high power
will be needed. Compare a piece of muscle from the wall of the
alimentary canal. Similarly examine nerve and connective tissue.

First Dissection.-- Pin out the frog in a dissecting dish, ventral surface
uppermost, and cover with water. Open up the skin along the
mid-ventral line. Note the large sub-cutaneous lymph spaces, the
pelvic and pectoral girdles, and the anterior abdominal vein. Cut into
the body cavity on one side of this latter, cut across in front of where
the vein dips down to liver, and peel the body wall away from it. The
xiphisternum will probably be cut in this operation. In early spring the
females are greatly distended with ova, and the greater portion of the
ovary may, with advantage, be removed. The oviduct is dead white
then, and larger and much more in evidence than the (pinkish)
intestine even. Turn over the viscera, and compare with Sheet 11;
one lung is often found greatly inflated, and then projects back into
the body cavity; the stomach is, in some cases, pushed forward and
hidden behind the shoulder girdle. Observe the allantoic bladder, the
spleen, gall bladder, portal vein, and pancreas. By squeezing the gall
bladder gently, the bile duct will be injected with bile, and will be
apparent if the stomach is turned over. The oesophagus, just in front
of the stomach, should be cut through, and the rectum, and the
mesentery and alimentary canal supported by it, removed. This will
expose the urogenital organs. (Vide Figures given.) These vary
greatly, especially in the females, at different seasons. The condition
figured would be seen in late autumn, or winter. In spring females are
often found copulating with males, and then the ovary itself is
inconspicuous, while the lower part of the oviduct is enormously
distended with ova, so as to be mistaken sometimes for the ovary
by those who fail to note that the ova are enclosed by a thin
semi-transparent skin (wall of oviduct). The vena cava inferior is
seen between the kidneys and the renal portal vein beside the ureter.
Cutting through the mesentery supporting the kidney laterally, the
dorsal aorta is exposed, and on either side of it the sympathetic chain
and rami communicantes, often tinged with black pigment.
This black pigment is a frequent but variable feature of the frog's
anatomy, and usually dapples or blackens the testes, and also
sometimes darkens the otherwise pale pink arteries. Behind the
kidneys the sciatic plexus also becomes visible. Careful drawings
should be made. Cut off the head of the frog, shave off top of brain
case, and put the head in strong spirit.

Second Dissection.-- A fresh frog is required. Pin out under water as
before, and open up body cavity. Now carefully remove the muscle
from the ventral portion of the shoulder girdle, to expose the clavicles
and coracoids. Cut away xiphisternum, and then cut through clavicles
and coracoids on either side, and remove ventral part of shoulder
girdle, to expose the heart. Open out the cut portions of body wall and
pin. The veins going towards the heart should now, with a little
examination, be evident. Make out the external jugular, the
innominate, and its two branches, and the pulmo-cutaneous and vena
cava superior. Clear by carefully picking away any shreds of
semi-transparent tissue. Make out, by feeling, the position of the
hyoid body, and of its anterior cornua. Note the hypoglossal nerve
(first spinal) running ventral to this, and the ninth cranial nerve,
running parallel to it but dorsal to the hyoid-- hidden therefore by
the hyoid, and reappearing in front. The vagus may also be made out less
distinctly, running "postero-ventrally" towards the heart. By clearing
the muscle by the rumus of the jaw, VII. may be seen, and the third
branch of V., running across the jaw at about the middle of its length.
Pick off the thin transparent pericardium from the heart very carefully,
and proceed to cut away all the veins made out. The truncus
arteriosus may then be followed up as it branches. Note all the
branches shown in the figures in this book. The precise position of the
vessels will vary to a certain extent with the attitude in which the frog
is pinned. The cutaneous artery will prevent the student following up
the aortic arch until it is cut; then the arch may be followed round until
it meets its fellow to form the dorsal aorta. Note the sympathetic
again. Make careful drawings of all this. Cut off lower jaw, and note
posterior nares and Eustachian openings. If time allows, remove the
heart, and examine by cutting open and washing. (Compare, Section
44) Remove eyeball, to see the first and second branches of the fifth
nerve, and the Vidian (i.e. palatial) branch of the seventh.

Third Dissection.-- Read the account of the frog's skull carefully.
Take the head of a recently killed frog and drop into boiling water for
a minute. Then pick off, very carefully, muscle, connective tissue,
nerves, and etc., to clear the cranio-facial apparatus; examine the
bones, compare with figures given in this book, and draw. Take the
head, which has been in spirit a fortnight or so, pick away cranium,
and compare brain with figures given. Examine ventricles, by taking
sections, after drawings have been made.

-The Dog-Fish-

First Dissection.-- Examine external characters, nasal grooves-- no
internal nares-- fins, spiracle, scales passing over lips, and cloaca.
Cut off tail below the cloacal opening. The males are distinguished by
the large claspers along the inner edge of the pelvic fin. Open up body
cavity. Usually this is in a terrible mess in the fish supplied by
dealers, through the post-mortem digestion of the stomach. Wash out
all this under a stream of water from a tap or water-bottle. Frequently
the testes are washed out of the male in this operation and ova from
the loose ovaries in the female. Now compare with figure given in this
book, allowing for the collapse of the stomach, if it has occurred. Cut
through the oesophagus and rectum, and remove alimentary canal
from body; cut open and wash out the intestine, and examine spiral
valve. Now make a careful examination of the cloaca and its
apertures, and dissect away the peritoneum hiding the kidney. In the
female find the opening of the oviducts in front of the liver. Remove
liver, and cut off body now behind pectoral fin. Before throwing tail and
hinder part of body away, note the myotomes of body wall, the
notochord and vertebral body, neural canal, and, in the tail, the
haemal canal. [(See {Section 9 the Dog-fish})]

   {Lines from First Edition only.}
   -The relation of the vertebral bodies to the notochord may be very
   well seen by taking successive slices, about one-tenth of an inch
   thick, through the vertebral body. The cartilage is hard and
   semi-transparent, the notochord jelly-like, least at the centres
   of the centra, and at a maximum intervertebrally.-

[The notochord is a soft jelly.] Cut away the ventral part of the pectoral
girdle, to open pericardium. With a seeker, make out the pericardio
peritoneal opening. Cut into the sinus venous, and run seekers into
the Cuvierian and hepatic sinuses. [Cut open the Cuvierian and
posterior cardinal sinuses, and run seekers into their affluents.]
Dissect along the truncus arteriosus to afferent branchials. [Cut away
the heart and oesophagus; run a seeker up the dorsal aorta and cut
along it from the ventral side to subclavian and efferent branchial
arteries.] Skin the top of the head. Note, while doing this, the yellow,
jelly-like sense-tubuli beneath the skin. Shave off top of brain-case,
and leave the head in spirit for a week or so.

Second Dissection.-- Place the head with the ventral side downward,
skin all the dorsal surface as yet unskinned. Refer to book for
precise position of the anterior cardinal sinus, and then cut down
through body wall into this just over gill slits. The tenth nerve will
become visible, with its "slit" branches athwart the floor of the sinus.
Clear to make this more evident, and make out its lateral line and
visceral branches, and the ninth nerve.

   {Lines from Second Edition only.}
   [The pharyngo-branchials may be felt beneath the sinus. Run a
   seeker from the dorsal aorta to the efferent branchials.]

Proceed now to orbit, and, without any dissection beyond the removal
of skin, make out recti and oblique muscles of eyeball, and the optic,
third and fourth nerves. Cut through these structures carefully and
remove, exposing nerves seven, and five, as described and figured in
the text. Examine the otic capsule by taking successive slices
through it to show the labyrinth of the ear. -Remove the dorsal wall of
the skull to obtain a dorsal view of brain. If this is sufficiently hard,
examine it; if not, return it to spirit for a more convenient occasion.-
[Examine brain.]


Two specimens of this type should be obtained. It should be
examined entire by the naked eye and with the low power of the
microscope. Immersion, in glycerine will render it more transparent; or
it may be cleared with oil of cloves, put up temporarily in that, or
permanently in Canada balsam. One specimen should then be pinned
out in the dissecting dish, ventral side uppermost, and the atrium
opened to expose liver and pharynx. A part of the pharynx may be
examined with the low power to see the form of the gill slits. The
second specimen should be soaked in turpentine for some time, and
then dropped into melted paraffin wax. Transverse sections may then
be cut with a razor, the paraffin wax removed from these by solution in
turpentine, the turpentine in its turn dissolved out by alcohol, and the
sections, after immersion in oil of cloves, may be transferred to
Canada balsam for examination and preservation. This work should
not be attempted until some practical histological work has been done
in botany, and it may be altogether avoided by the purchase of
stained and mounted sections.


Laboratory work in this portion of the science is not usually
undertaken by elementary students of biology, but the reader will
probably find it helpful, in the realization of the facts given in this
book, to look out for frog spawn, in February and March, and to catch
and examine tadpoles of various sizes. A small dissecting dish may be
made by pouring melted paraffin wax into one of those shallow china
pots chemists use for cold-cream, and tadpoles may be pinned out
with entemologists' pins and dissected with needles. But this is a
work of supererogation. Partially incubated hen's eggs may be
obtained at a small cost almost anywhere, and the later stages
profitably examined and dissected under warm water. For a clear
understanding of the allantois and amnion, this last is almost
indispensable. A few microscopic slides of sections of embryonic
chicks should also be compared with our rough diagrams.

-{Key for Dissection Sheets, and Abbreviations.}_

Sheet 1

Figure 1. Main facts of the Rabbit's Anatomy (diagrammatic).
an., anus.
a.ao., arch of the aorta.
au., auricle.
a.r., ad-renal body.
br., brain.
b.d., bile duct.
brch., bronchus.
cd.st., cardiac end of stomach.
co., colon.
cae., caecum.
ddnm., duodenum.
d.ao., dorsal aorta.
dia., diaphragm.
ep., epiglottis.
g.d., genital duct (either sex).
il., ileum.
in.art., innominate artery.
k., kidney.
lg., lung.
lv., liver.
l., larynx.
l.s.c., [l.c.c.] left common carotid artery.
m., mouth.
na., nasal passage.
oes., oesophagus.
p.v., pyloric valve.
p.d., pancreatic duct.
pt., peritoneal cavity.
r., rectum.
st., stomach.
[stm., sternum.]
s.r., sacculus rotundus.
s.c., spinal cord.
tr., trachea.
ur., ureter.
ur.b., urinary bladder.
v.b., a vertebral body.
v.ap., vermiform appendix.
v.v., [v.p.] velum palatium.
v., ventricle of heart.
v.c.i., vena cava inferior.

Figure 2. The Liver (diagrammatic).
g.b., the gall bladder.
r.l., r.c., l.l.., l.c., right lateral and central, and left lateral and
central, lobes respectively.
sp., the Spigelian lobe (fits into angle of stomach and oesophagus).

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 1.}

Sheet 2

Figure 1. The Rabbit's Circulation (see footnote to Section 45).

(Throughout l. indicates left, r. right. Vessels without r. or l. prefixed
are median.)

-[* The figure is inaccurate at one point; l.c.c. should spring from the
base of inn. See Sheet 9.]- {First Edition only text}

ao.a., aortic arch.
au., auricle.
az.v., (p.c. in Figure 2), azygos vein.
c.c., common carotid.
c.il.a., common iliac artery.
coe.a., coeliac artery.
d.ao., dorsal aorta.
e.il.v., external iliac vein.
e.ju., external jugular vein.
f., femoral artery.
h.v., hepatic vein.
inn., innominate artery.
in.j., internal jugular vein.
i.il.a., internal iliac artery.
i.il.v., internal iliac vein.
k., kidney.
lv., liver.
l.g.v., lienogastric vein (portal).
m.v., mesenteric (portal system).
p.m.a., posterior mesenteric artery.
p.v., main portal vein.
p.a. pulmonary artery.
r., rectum.
r.a., renal artery.
r.v., renal vein.
s.v., and a., spermatic (or ovarian) vein and artery (to genital
s.mes.a., superior mesenteric artery.
s.-cl.a., subclavian artery.
s.-cl.v., subclavian vein.
v.c.s., vena cava superior.
v.c.i., vena cava inferior.
v. or vn., ventricle.

Figure 2. Figure of Circulation (simplified) illustrating certain points in
development to be referred to later.

Figure 3. Respiration. See text, Section 41.

Figure 4. Blood. See text, Section 35.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 2.}

Sheet 3

Histological Figures, 1.

{No numbers I., or II.}

Figure III. An amoeba.--
n., nucleus.
ns., necleolus.
c.v., contractile vacuole.

Figure IV. Embryonic tissue from the blastoderm of a chick.

Figure V. Columnar epithelium.--
g.c.1, g.c.2, g.c.3, successive phases in the development of a goblet

Figure VI.
g.end., is geminating endothelium; the cells divide and apparently
drop off to become white corpuscles in the lymph current.
sq.end., squamous endothelium from the mesentery.
sq.ep., squamous epithelium (from the mucous membrane within the
st., are opening (stomata) communicating between the lymphatics in
the mesentery and the peritoneal (coelomic) space.

Figure VII. Ciliated epithelium from the roof of the frog's mouth.

Figure VIII. Forms of glands.--
g.ep., is a gastric gland from the stomach; trs., below, is cross
section. This is one of the simplest types of gland.
s.g., a sweat gland, is also a simple tube, but convoluted below.
r.g., is a racemose gland, such as the pancreas, Brunner's or the
salivary glands.

The kidney, we shall see later, is simply an aggregate of branching
tubuli (Sheet 7).

Figure IX. A duodenal villus.--
lac., the lacteal.
v., the vein.

Figure X.a. Diagram of liver structure.--
b.d., the inter-lobular bile duct.
h.a., the hepatic artery, bringing blood to oxygenate and nourish the
liver tissue, and similarly distributed.
h.v., the hepatic vein taking blood from the liver to the heart, its twigs
commencing in the lobuli (intra-lobular).
lb. lb., lobuli.
p.v., the portal vein bringing blood, from which substances are to
be elaborated, into the liver, and breaking up between the lobuli

Figure X.b. A diagram of the appearance of an injected liver lobule as
seen in section under the microscope.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 3.}

Sheet 4

Histological Diagrams, 2.

Figure XI. A blood capillary. White corpuscles are migrating through
the walls into the tissues (compare Section 66).

Figure XII. Hyaline cartilage (Section 64).

Figure XIII.
c.c., connective tissue corpuscle.
w.i.f., white inelastic fibres.
y.e.f., yellow elastic fibres.

Figure XIV. Botryoidal tissue (Section 66).

Figure XV. Development of a fat drop.--
f.d., fat drop, in a connective tissue corpuscle; c.c., in the formation of
adipose tissue (Section 67).

Figure XVI. Diagrammic cross section of a long bone.--
b.c., bone corpuscle in a lacuna.
H.v., Haversian vessel (in the Haversian canal) surrounded by
concentric lamellae of bone, c.l., and together with these and zones
of bone corpuscles, called a Haversian system.
i.l., inner lamellae.
m.c., medullary canal full of yellow marrow.
o.l., outer lamellae.
p.o., periosteum.

Figure XVII. To illustrate bone development (Section 71).

Figure XVIII. Dentition of rabbit, incisors 2/1, canine 0/0, premolar 3/2,
molar 3/3.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 4.}

Sheet 5.

Diagram of the Rabbit's Bones.
To be compared with the real things.

D and D' show the fore and hind limbs, to illustrate their homology.
D is in the embryonic position. The radius and tibia are, at an early
stage in development, on the anterior edge of their respective limbs;
the ulna and fibula, posterior; the former are spoken of as preaxial in
position, the latter as postaxial. But in the adult the humerus is
twisted so that the proximal end of the radius lies at the outer side of
the elbow, whence it crosses the ulna, so that its distal end is
inside, while the femur is also twisted round, so that the entire tibia
is internal.

Figures 1 and 2. -Limbs.--
a.c., acetabulum.
acr., acromion.
as., astragulus.
c., carpus.
ca., calcaneum.
co., coracoid.
[coty., cotyloid bone.]
fb., fibula.
fe., femur.
g., glenoid cavity (for head of humerus).
hd., head of femur.
hum., humerus.
i., ilium.
is., ischium.
m.c., meta-carpals.
na., navicular.
o., olecranon process of ulna.
o.f., olfactory fossa.
pb., pubis.
r., radius.
u., ulna.

Figure 3. -Sternum.--
Mb., manubrium.
r1., r2., and etc., sternal ribs.
st., sternebrae.
xi., Xiphisternum.

Figure 4. Vertebrae.--
At., Atlas.
Ax., axis.
c., [b.] centrum.
C.V., caudal vertebra.
c.v., [Cer.V.] cervical vertebra.
ep., epiphysis.
f.r., fused rib (in cervical vertebrae).
L.V., Lumbar vertebra.
m., metapophysis (of lumbar vertebra).
n.a., neural arch.
n.s., neural spine.
r., rib.
S.V., sacral vertebra.
[T.V., Thoracic.]
tr.p., transverse process.
v.a.c., vertebrarterial canal.
z., zygapophysis.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 5.}

Sheet 6.

The Skull of Canis.*--
1. Dorsal. 2. Ventral. 3. Right Lateral Aspect. 4. Section a little to the
left of the nasal septum. 5. Lower jaw (smaller) 6. Hyoid apparatus.

{Lines from First Edition only.}
-*A Fox in this case. The skull is quite like that of a Dog, but it has
the advantage of more distinct sutures between the bones.-

a.n., anterior nares.
a.s., ali-sphenoid.
b.h., body of the hyoid.
b.o., basi-occipital.
b.sp., basi-sphenoid.
c., condyle of the skull.
{c.1, c.4, canines.}
c.f., condylar foramen (for XII.).
c.h., cerato-hyal.
E.f., Eustachian foramen.
e.h., epihal.
-e.n., or a.n., the anterior nares.-
e.o., exoccipital.
eth., ethmoid.
e.t., ethmo-turbinal.
f., frontal.
f.l.a., foramen lacerum anterius.
f.l.m., foramen lacerum medium.
f.l.p., foramen lacerum posterius (for IX., X., XI.).
F.M., or f.m., foramen magnum.
f.o., foramen ovale.
f.r., foramen rotundum.
{i., incisors.}
ju., jugal.
m., molars.
m.t., maxillo-turbinal.
mx., maxilla.
na., nasal.
n.t., nasal turbinal.
o.f., optic foramen.
o.s., orbito-sphenoid.
p., or pal., palatine.
pa., parietal.
p.m., pre-maxilla.
p.m.1, p.m.4, premolars.
p.n., posterior nares.
p.sp., pre-sphenoid.
pt., pterygoid.
s.h., stylo-hyal.
s.m.f., stylo-mastoid foramen (for VII.).
s.o., supra-occipital.
sq., squamosal.
s.t., sectorial tooth.
t.h. thyro-hyal.
vo., -black line indicating position of- vomer.
z.p., zygomatic process of squamosal.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 6.}

Sheet 7

Figure 1. Striated muscle fibre (of the Rabbit), ruptured to show
e.p., its end plate.
K.m., membrane of Krause.
n., nucleus.
nv., nerve.
sc., sarcolemma.
s.e., sarcous elements.

Figure 2. Cardiac muscle.

Figure 3. Unstriated muscle fibres.

Figure 4. Diagram of the Skin.
b.v., blood vessel.
d., areolar tissue of the dermis (mesoblastic).
s.c., stratum corneum, and s.m., stratum mucosum of the
s.g., sweat gland.
t.c., tactile corpuscle.

Figure 5. To illustrate Kidney structure.--
a.b.v., and e.b.v., afferent and efferent blood-vessels, of which the
latter go to break up upon the tubli.
B.c., one of Bowman's capsules of the cortex;
ur.t., the uriniferous tubule running from it into the medulla, where
it loops and branches; around it branches a blood-vessel, of which the
latter go to break up upon the tubuli.
c., cortex.
g., glomerulus, a knot of blood-vessels in the capsule.
m., medulla.
p., pelvis.
ur., ureter.

The water of the urine is probably filtered off in the capsule, the urea
and other salts secreted by the tubuli.

{No Figure 6.}

Figure 7. The Auditory structures of the Rabbit (diagram). See text,
Section 115.

Figure 8. The Eye (diagram). See text, Section 111.

Figure 9. The Retina (diagram). See text, Section 112.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 7.}

Sheet 8

The Brain of the Rabbit.--

1. In median section. 2. From above, with the top of the right
hemisphere sliced off horizontally at the level of the corpus callosum.
3. A deeper section through the thalamencephalon, corresponding to
B in (1). 4. Under-view of the brain. 5. Diagram referred to in the text
and for comparison with Sheet 7, 3b., and Sheet 18, 2.

{Figures 1-5.}
ar., arrow in the iter.
a.c., the anterior commissure, a thickening of the anterior wall of the
third ventricle.
c.c., corpus callosum.
c. cb., crura cerebri.
c.h., cerebral hemispheres.
c.q., corpora quadrigemina.
f.cbm. (right), flocculus of the cerebellum.
l.h., left cerebral hemisphere (=ch.).
l.l., lateral lobe of cerebellum.
m.c., middle commissure.
m.o., medulla oblongata.
op., optic nerve.
o.l., olfactory lobe.
o.th., (right), optic thalamus.
p.c., posterior commissure (thickening of postero-dorsal wall of the
third ventricle).
p.g., pineal gland.
pt., pituitary body.
p.V., pons Varolii.
s.c., thin roof of the fourth ventricle.
v.cbm., vermis of cerebrum.
v.l., lateral ventricle.

{Figure 4.} Nerves.--
I., Olfactory.
II., Optic.
III., Oculo-motor.
IV., Patheticus.
V., Trigeminal.
VI., Abducens.
VII., Facial (portio dura).
VIII., Auditory (portio mollis).
IX., Gustatory (glossopharyngeal.
X., Pneumogastric or vagus.
XI., Spinal Accessory.
XII., Hygoglossal.

Figure 6. The Spinal Cord in section.--
c.c., the central canal.
d.f., the dorsal fissure.
d.n., the dorsal nerve root; g., its ganglion.
v.f., the ventral fissure.
v.n., the ventral nerve root.

Note that in Figure 1 the central canal is continuous with the fourth

Figure 7. Histological elements.--
g.c., multipolar ganglion cell.
n., nucleus of a medullated nerve.
a.c., its axis fibre.
s.S., (sheath of Schwann), medullary sheath interrupted at intervals by
n.R., the nodes of Ranvier.
n.m.f., a non-medullated fibre.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 8.}

Sheet 9.

-The Nerves of the Rabbit_.

Figure I. Rough sketch of dissection of the neck from the left ventral
aspect.-- The bands of muscle between hyoid, mandible, and
sternum, and the thymus gland carefully cleared.
lr., is the larynx, and b., the balla.
s.m.g., the right sub-maxillary gland (the left has been removed).

The nerves are numbered.

l.r.l.n., [r.r.l.n.] is the left recurrent laryngeal looping under that
solid connection between the pulmonary artery (p.a.) and ao., the aortic
arch, which was an open tube in the embryo, the ductus arteriosus.
hy., is the hyoid with its posterior cornua.
ph.n., is the phrenic nerve.
r.r.l.n., [l.r.l.n.] is the right recurrent looping under the sub-clavian.
s.c.g., is the super or cervical ganglion of the sympathetic (sym.);
s.l.n., is the left superior laryngeal, and g. the left depressor
branch of x.
z., is the ramus descendens noni of the twelfth nerve.

In early development the heart lay just beneath the pharynx in the
position of the larynx (compare Dog-fish and Frog); as the neck
elongated, the heart shifted back with its vessels, and so the long
loop of the recurrent laryngeal comes to be drawn out in this singular

Figure II. Diagram of orbit to show V.1 orbit-nasal, V.2 the maxillary,
and V.3 the mandibular branch of V. In order to show these in
dissection, the malar must be cut away, and the eye and glands of
the orbit removed.
s.r., e.r. [p.r.], i.r., and a.r., cut ends of the superior, external (or
posterior), inferior, and anterior (or internal) recti muscles.
s.o., and i.o., the superior and inferior obliques.

Figure III. General diagram of the Rabbit's cranial nerves.

Figure IV. Rough sketch of dissection of the nerves and
blood-vessels dorsal to stomach.--

The stomach turned over to the animal's right, the Spigelian liver lobe
cleared from the oesophagus, the mesentery supporting spleen and
hiding solar plexus picked off, and the mesentery hiding sympathetic

coe.art., coeliac artery, and s.m.a., superior mesenteric artery.
coe.g. coeliac, and s.m.g., superior mesenteric ganglion. The two
together form the solar plexus.
l.abd.sym., left abdominal sympathetic (in the actual dissection, the
right would also be visible).
l.a.r., left adrenal.
l.sp.n., left splanchnic nerve.
r.art., renal artery.
r.v., renal vein.
st., the stomach, and sp., the spleen.
x., the vagus on oes., the oesophagus.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 9.}

Sheet 10.

-Reproductive Organs of the Rabbit_.

Figure 1. The Male.

Figure 2. The Female Organs. (The symbols below the figures
indicate the sex.)

pb., is the pubic symphysis [which has been] cut through.
R., the rectum, with r.g., the rectal gland, and a., the anus.
t., the tail.
r.ur., the right ureter.
l.ur., the left ureter.
ur.b., the urinary bladder.

In the Male
ep., the epididymis.
P., the penis.
pp., the prepuce.
scr., the scrotal sac, containing these;
r.v.d., the right vas deferens.
T., is the testis.
u.m., the uterus masculinus.

In the Female
c.ut, the left cornu uteri.
F.t., the left Fallopian tube.
ov., is the ovary, with a Graafian follicle, G.F.
V., the vagina.
v.b., the vestibule.

Figure 3. Diagram of ovary with stages in the development of a
Graafian follicle 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, see text, Section 137. The arrow
indicates the changes in position of the developing follicles.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 10.}

Sheet 11.

Figure 1. General dissection of Frog (male).

Figure 2. The heart and great vessels laid open.

Figure 3. The circulatory system from the side.

Figure 4. Blood.
{n., nucleus.}
r.c., red corpuscle (oval and nucleated).
w.c., white corpuscle

Small figure of Frog in left-hand corner is to show position
of heel, h.

Reference Letters.
all.b., allantoic bladder (= urinary bladder).
c.ad., corpus adiposum.
cl.c., cut end of the right clavicle.
d., duodenum.
g.b., gall bladder.
il., ileum.
k., kidney.
l.au., left auricle.
l.g., lung.
l.int., large intestine.
l.s.v., longitudino-spiral valve.
L.v., Liv., liver.
pan., pancreas.
r.au., right auricle.
sp., spleen.
st., stomach.
T., testis.
t.a., truncus arteriosus.
ur., urogenital duct.
v., ventricle of heart.

Arteries (white).
ao., aorta.
c.a., carotid arch.
c.g. [c.gl.], carotid gland.
coe., coeliac.
cu., -and pa.",- cutaneous.
d.ao., dorsal aorta.
e.c., lingual artery.
[i.c., internal carotid.]
l.a.a., left aortic arch.
pa., and p., pulmonary.
p.c. [p.cu.], pulmo-cutaneous.
r.a.a., right aortic arch.
[s.cl., sub-clavian.]
t.a., truncus arteriosus.

Veins of the Caval System -(black)-.
b.v., brachial (from fore limb).
e.j., external jugular.
h.v., hepatic vein.
i.j., internal jugular.
[in.v., innominate vein.]
l.v.c.s., left vena cava superior.
p.v., cutaneous vein.
[s.cl.v., sub-clavian vein]
s.s.r., sub-scapular vein.
v.c.i., vena cava inferior.

Veins of the Portal and Renal Portal Systems -(shaded)-.
a.ad., and a.ab.v., anterior abdominal vein.
b.v., and p.v., united are called the sub-clavian vein.
l.fm., left femoral.
l.p., left pelvic.
l.r.p., (and r.p.) left renal portal.
l.sc., left sciatic.
p.v., portal vein.

-(The anterior abdominal is coloured black in Figure 1.)-

The cutaneous artery in the above figures is turned back. In dissection
it will be found to lie over and hide the dorsal-ward sweep of the aortic

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 11.}

Sheet 12.

Figure 1. Upper view of the Frog's brain.

Figure 2. Under view of the same.

Figure 3. The same-- median section.

Figure 4. The distribution of the Frog's nerves. Compare Sheet 9,
Figure III.

The shaded part in 4 is the -otic capsule- [tympanum]. The hyoid
apparatus is roughly represented in black to show its relation to IX.
(dorsal to it) and sp. 1 (ventral). Compare {nerves} IX and XII in Sheet
9. The nerves are numbered.

cb., the cerebellum.
c.h., cerebral hemispheres.
f.t., filum terminale.
g.tr., ganglion on the fifth nerve.
l.t., lamina terminalis.
mb., mid-brain.
md., medulla oblongata.
o.l., optic lobes.
pin., pineal gland.
pit., pituitary body.
r.h., olfactory lobes (rhinencephalon).
th.c., thalamencephalon.
sp.1, first spinal nerve.
sp.2, 3, brachial plexus to fore limb.

Figure 5. The spinal column (and pelvic girdle) of the Frog.

Figure 5b. Vertebrae.

Figure 6. The pectoral girdle and limb, dorsal view.

Figure 7. The pelvic girdle and right limb from the side.

(l.h. shows the position of the right lymph hearts-- they are

as., astragalus.
b., body.
c., calcar (?= a sixth digit).
cal., calcaneum.
cl., clavicle overlying a procoracoid cartilage.
co., coracoid.
f., fibula.
[FE., femur.]
h., humerus.
il., ilium.
is., ischium.
o.st., omosternum.
pu., pubis.
r., radius.
sc., scapula.
s.sc., supra-scapula.
s.v., sacral vertebra.
t., tibia.
t.p., transverse process.
ul., ulna.
ur., urostyle.
x., xiphisternum.
z., zygapophysis.

1, 2, and etc., first, second, and etc., digits.

D. and D'. are simplified diagrams of the limbs for comparison with the
similar ones of the Rabbit. In each girdle we have a dorsal ossification
(scapula, ilium) and two ventral parts (pubis and procoracoid cartilage,
ischium and coracoid), and at the meeting-place of the three in each
case the proximal bone of the limb (humerus, femur) articulates.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 12.}

Sheet 13.

-Urogenital Organs of the Frog_.

Figure 1. The Male.

Figure 2. The Female. The oviduct removed on the animal's left, and
the ovary on its right.

Organs common to both sexes.--
al.b., allantoic bladder.
c.ad., corpus adiposum.
cl., cloaca.
int., intestine.
K., kidney.
lg., (dotted outline of) lung.
oes., oesophagus.
r.p.v., renal portal vein.
st., stomach.

In the Male.--
T., testis.
v.e., vasa efferentia.
u.g.d., urogenital duct.
p., prostate gland.

In the Female.--
adr., adrenal.
f.t., fallopian tube (anterior part of oviduct). * its opening.
o.d., oviduct (letters on [the opening] -uterine portion-).
ov., ovary.
ur., ureter.

(This would be the condition about midwinter.) In March o.d. will be
either enormously distended with eggs, or large, flabby, and empty,
and ov. will be small and brownish, without any large eggs; the ovary
gradually recovers its size through the summer.

Figure 3. Spermatozoa attached to the parent cell (g.e.) from the
lining epithelium of the testis, and one free.
fl., the flagellum.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 13.}

Sheet 14

-Skull Structure and Development of the Frog_.

Figure 1. I., II., early and late stages of the Tadpole's chindrocranium.

Figure 2. Dorsal view of a young Frog's cranium-- the membrane
bones removed. Diagrammatic.

Figures 3 and 4. Dorsal and ventral views, respectively, of the Frog's
skull-- the lower jaw removed.

Figure 5. Side view of the Frog's skull.

Figure 6. Median section of the brain case.

Figure 7. The hyoid apparatus.

Figure 8. I., II., III., progressive stages of the Tadpole's skull from the
side. After W. K. Parker.

Figure 9. F., side and hind views of the Frog's skull. D., the same of
the Dog. Roughly diagrammatic.

In all cartilage is dotted, cartilage bone cross-barred, and membrane
bone, white. In Figure 4, pt., should be cross-barred;
and in 5, th.h. plain.

a.c., anterior cornu of hyoid [(= CH.)] -not lettered, in {Figure} 5-.
a.o., antorbital cartilage.
ar., angulo-splenial -(On Frog Section 34, for Articulare read
-b., parachordal part of brain box-.
b.c., brain case.
b.h., body of hyoid.
b.r., branchial arches.
CH = a.c.
c.t., cornua trabeculi.
d., dentary.
e., eye.
E.N., external nares.
e.o., exoccipital bone.
f., fenestra (membranous part of cranial wall).
-f.p., fronto-parietal.-
h.m., hyomandibular cleft = Eustachian tube and ear drum.
mb., mandible.
[M.C., Meckel's Cartilage.]
m.mk., mento-Meckelian bone.
m.p., mouth passage.
mx., maxilla.
n.c., notochord.
n.o., nasal organ.
n.p., nasal passage.
ot., or o.c., otic (auditory) capsule.
pal., palatine bone.
PAL., hard palate of Mammal.
p.c., parachordal.
p.f., [parieto-frontal] -see f.p.-
p.m., premaxilla.
P.N., internal nares.
p.o., prootic bone.
p.p., palato-pterygoid cartilage.
psph., parasphenoid bone.
pt., pterygoid bone.
q., quadrate cartilage.
q.j., quadrato-jugal.
s.e., sphenethmoid bone.
sq., squamosal.
t., trabecular part of brain box.
t.c., trabecula.
th.h., thyrohyal.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 14.}

Sheet 15

Figure 1. Dissection of -Male- [Female] Dog-Fish to show alimentary
canal, the pericardium also being opened and the cloaca slit up.
[Above is also seen the dorsal view of the head.]

Figure 2. The pelvic girdle and fin skeleton [of a male].

{No Figure 3, in First Edition.}

Figure 4. The spiral valve in the colon. {Figure 3, in Second Edition.}

a.p., abdominal pore.
aur., -auricle- [atrium] of heart.
b.d., bile duct.
b.pt., basi-pterygium.
-cl., clasper.-
cl.c., -its- [the] supporting cartilage [of the clasper].
co., colon.
d'dnm., duodenum.
e., the eye.
g.bl., gall bladder.
g.s., gill slits.
L.Lv., left lobe of liver.
M.Lv., middle lobe of liver.
olf., olfactory opening.
[pan., pancreas.]
pcd., pericardial wall.
pel.g., the pelvic girdle.
p.p., arrow through pericardio-peritoneal canal.
r.g., rectal gland.
[R.Liv., right lobe.]
sp., spiracle.
spl., spleen.
st., the stomach.
s.v., sinus venosus.
u.g.p., uro-genital pore.
v., ventricle.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 15.}

Sheet 16.
Figure 1. Circulation of the Dog-Fish.

Figure 2. Simplified and more typical fish circulation, in which the
posterior cardinals have not coalesced in the median line. The
Cuvierian veins = the vena cava superior of the higher type; the
posterior cardinal is represented by the azygos vein in the Rabbit.
Compare Sheet 24, Figure 7, and Sheet 2, Figure 2.

Figure 3. Side view of the pericardium.

a.br., afferent branchial artery.
a.c.s., anterior cardinal sinus (= internal jugular vein).
au., atrium (auricle) (= the two auricles of higher forms).
b.a., bulbus arteriosus.
c.a., conus arterious.
cd. a., caudal artery.
cd.v., caudal vein.
c.s., Cuvierian sinus.
d.a., dorsal aorta.
E., eye.
e.br., efferent branchial arteries.
g.s., in position of gill slits.
h.br.a., hypobranchial artery.
H.S., hepatic sinus.
[i.j.s., inferior jugular sinus (= external jugular vein).]
K., kidney.
L.V., lateral vein.
[oe.s., ventral wall of oesophagus.]
P.C.C., pericardial cavity.
P.C.S., posterior cardinal sinus.
p.p.c., pericardio-peritoneal canal.
P.V., portal vein.
r.p.v., reno-portal vein.
s.c.v., subclavian vein.
Vn., ventricle.
-v.s.v., inferior (= external) jugular vein-.

Figure 4. Skeleton of pectoral limb, and girdle.--
g., the girdle (also in Figure 3).
m.p., meso-pterygium.
mt.p., meta-pterygium.
p.p., pro-pterygium.
sc., its dorsal portion.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 16.}

Sheet 17

-The Uro-genital Organs of the Dog-Fish_.

Figure 1. The Female, the oviduct of the left side cut away, -and an
egg case in the oviduct.-

Figure 2. The Male.

The rectum is removed in both cases, and the silvery peritoneum
dissected off from the kidneys.

Figure 3. A generalized diagram of the uro-genital organs.--
All references in text.
Ms., the mesonephros, is the epididymis in the male, and is reduced
in the female; Ms.d., its duct, is the vas deferens in the male, and
persists only as the urinary receptacle in the female.
Mt. and Mt.d., the metanephros and metanephric duct, become the
functional kidney and ureter in both sexes. G. is the gonad
(reproductive gland), and M.L. the animal's middle line (median
-Ps.-, [Pr.,] the pronephros, is never developed in the Dog-fish;
P.d., its supposed duct, is the oviduct of the female, and is
suppressed in the male.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 17.}

Sheet 18.

Figure 1. The Dog-Fish Brain, dorsal view.

Figure 2. Median section of the same. To the right a more
diagrammatic figure. The nerves are numbered:--
[BR1, BR2, BR3, BR4 branches of X forking over the second to the
fifth gillslit.]
cb., cerebellum.
h.s.c., horizontal semi-circular canal of ear, exposed by the slicing
down of the otic mass.
[LAT., lateral-line branch of X.]
m.o., medulla oblongata.
oph., ophthalmic nerve (V.1+VII.1).
op.l., optic lobe.
pit., pituitary body.
pr.c., prosencephalon (cerebral hemisphere).
rh., olfactory lobe (rhinencephalon).
r.t., -its- restiform tracts [of medulla].
-st-. [S.P.G.], stalk of the pineal gland.
th., thalamencephalon.
th.c., thalamencephalon.
-ut., the utriculus, seen through the semi-transparent cartilage-.
Vid., the Vidian branch of VII.
[Visc., visceral branch of X.]

Figure 3. Diagram of the ear of a fish.
The structure of this is easily made out by clearing otic capsule and
cutting slices of the cartilage in the Dog-Fish (e.g., Figure 1, h.s.c.).

amp., their ampullae.
a.v.c., p.v.c., h.c., anterior, posterior, horizontal canal respectively.
[amp., the ampullae.]
d.e., the ductus endo-lymphaticus.
-sac., the sacculus; c., a small outgrowth of the latter, corresponding
to the rabbit's cochlea-.
-ut., the utriculus-.

Figure 4. The cranium and branchial bars of a Dog-Fish.
The groove in the otic capsule connects the orbital and anterior
cardinal sinuses.

A.C.S., position of the anterior cardinal sinus (dotted outline).
c., the vertebral centra.
c.b., the cerato-branchial.
c.h., the cerato-hyal.
e.b., epi-branchial.
ex.b., extra-branchial.
h.M., the hyo-mandibular.
i.n.p., inter-neural plate.
M.C., Meckel's (lower jaw) bar.
Na.C., the nasal capsule.
n.p., neural plate.
n.s., neural spine.
Ot.C., the otic capsule.
ph.b., the pharyngo-branchial.
P.pt., the palato-pterygoid bar (upper jaw bar).
p.s., pre-spiracular ligament, containing a cartilaginous nodule.
r., rib.
sp., the position of the spiracle.

Figure 5. Diagrams of a vertebral centrum.-- For reference letters,
see text (Section 9).

{No Figure 6, in First Edition.}
[Figure 6. Diagram for comparison with Figure III., Sheet 9.]

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 18.}

Sheet 19.

Figure 1. Amphioxus, seen from the right side. a----b shows the
natural size. The animal is supposed to be clarified, and mounted in
some highly refracting medium, so that it is practically transparent; I.,
II., III., and etc., refer to the section figured on Sheet 20.

Figure 2. Amphioxus, General Dissection. (Slightly altered from a
figure by Professor E. R. Lankester.) The ventral atrial wall is
removed. The pharynx cut away from the dorsal body-wall, and with
the true ventral body-wall turned over to the (animal's) right. The arrow
a., a., passes through anus to intestine; b., b., is thrust through the
atrial pore to the atrial cavity. Note coe., the body cavity.

References to the two figures.
an., anus.
at., atrial cavity.
at.w., atrial wall.
at.p., atrial pore.
a.d., anterior dilatata of nervous system.
b.w., body-wall.
b.t.L., brown tubes of Lankester.
c.f., ciliated funnel.
coe., coelome.
c.ao., cardiac aorta.
d.ao., dorsal aorta (paired).
d.ao'., dorsal aorta median.
g., gonads (male or female genital gland).
hep., hepatic vein.
in., intestine.
i.w., intestine wall.
lv., liver.
m.f., median fin.
n.c., notochord.
p.v., portal vein.
ph., pharynx.
-p.s.-, [e.s.] pigment spot ("eye spot").
s.c., spinal cord.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 19.}

Sheet 20

-Sections of Amphioxus_.

The Roman numerals indicate the corresponding region in Figure 1,
Sheet 19. The lettering is identical; but note, in addition;
br.c., branchial canal.
c.f., ciliated funnel.
d.c.c., dorsal coelomic canal.
end., endostyle.
ep., epipleur.
e.s., eye spot.
h.p., hypopharyngeal grove.
h.vn., for hepatic vein.
o.c., oral cavity (or hood).

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 20.}

Sheet 21.

-Phases in the Development of Amphioxus_.

Figures 1, 2, 3, 4. Phases in segmentation.

Figure 5. The blastosphere.

Figure 6. The gastrula in section, anterior end to the right.

Figure 7. i. Dorsal view post gastrula stage.

Figure 7. ii. Diagrammatic section of the same in the position
indicated by the transverse line in 7, i.

Figure 8. Diagrammatic section of a later stage.
coe.p., the coelomic pouches.
n.c., the notochord.
n.p., the neural plate.

Figure 9.i. Still later section.

Figure 9. ii. Diagrammatic view of late embryo.

Figures 10, 11, 12 illustrate the formation of the atrium as a median
ventral invagination, at.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 21.}

Sheet 22.

-The Development of the Frog_.

These diagrams must be studied with the text. They should be
compared with the corresponding ones of Amphioxus as indicated

Figures 1, 2, 3. Stages in segmentation (compare 1, 2 ,3 of {Sheet
21} Amphioxus).

Figure 4. Blastosphere stage (compare 5, Amphioxus). This, on a
smaller scale. The cells on the ventral side are so much larger
because distended with yolk.

Figure 5. Gastrula stage in section (compare 6, Amphioxus). The
Frog on a smaller scale than Amphioxus.

Figure 6. Dorsal view of gastrula (compare 7, Amphioxus).

Figure 7. Part of a transverse section of developing tadpole,
corresponding to Figure 8 of Amphioxus.

Figures 8 and 9. Diagrammatic longitudinal sections of tadpoles
(compare 9. ii. of Amphioxus). Y. represents a mass of
yolk cells.

Figure 10. Side view of young tadpole, showing external gills (e.g.)
and suckers (s.). Note the ventral bulging due to the yolk.

Figure 11. Ventral view of a later tadpole.
op., the operculum.
int., coiling intestine.

Figure 12. Head of still later tadpole in horizontal section to show
atrial chamber formed by operculum.
int.g., internal gills.
L., developing lungs.

Figure 13. Diagrammatic cross-section of the mid-dorsal part of an
embryonic vertebrate.

ao., aorta.
B.C., Bowman's capsule.
coe., coelom.
d.g., ganglion on dorsal root of spinal nerve.
gl., -its branch- [arteriole] to form glomerulus.
g.r., genital ridge.
I., intestine.
M.D., Mullerian duct.
ns. [nst.], nephrostome.
n.c., notochord; -n.s.-, [n.sh.] its sheath.
s.c., neural canal.
W.D., Wolffian duct.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 22.}

Sheet 23.

-The Development of the Fowl_.

Figure 1. Diagram of the early ovum. The section below is a small
portion of the blastodermic area.
b.d., blastoderm.
y., the undivided yolk.
s.c., the segmentation between the blastoderm and yolk. Compare
s.c. in {Sheet} 22, {Figure} 4.

Figure 2. Area pellucida about the sixteenth hour. The figure below is
the central part of the section indicated by the transverse line, and
showing the primitive streak (p.s.).

Figure 3. Area pellucida about the twenty-first hour. Two sections
through a and b below.

Figure 4. About the twenty-fifth hour; surface view; longitudinal section
to right and transverse above.

Figure 4b. Diagrammatic rendering of same stage (compare Figure 9
of Frog and 9.ii. Amphioxus). This will be most clearly understood if
the reader look at Sheet 22, {Figure} 9, and imagine Y. enormously
increased, and the embryo sinking into it. Epiblast, ep., -line of
dashes- [black line]. Mesoblast, dotted. Hypoblast, -black- [line of
dashes]. pp., the pleuro-peritoneal cavity.

Figure 5 and 6 illustrate formation of amnion (a.) and allantois (all.).
6 is about the fourth day.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 23.}

Sheet 24.

-The Development of the Fowl_.
Figure 1. Chick about the -fifth- [third] day. At this stage the chick lies
on its left side in the yolk. [For lettering of blood vessels, see (7)
i., the intestine.
u.v., the yolk sac.
v.v., the vitelline veins.
al., the allantois.

Figure 2. Chick about sixth day.

Figure 3. Development of heart.

Figure 4. Development of the eye.

Figure 5. Chick about the sixteenth day.
A.M. is the amnion surrounding the embryo. Note particularly how the
allantois (al.) has spread over surface of shell and how the yolk sac is

Figure 6. Figures to illustrate the relative function and importance of
allantois and yolk sac in bird and mammal. In the fowl, however, the
blood-vessels of the allantois also probably absorb the albumen of the
egg, and may excrete urea into the egg-space.

Figure 7. Simplified figure of the embryonic circulation, for comparison
with the similar figures annexed to Dog-Fish and Rabbit.

{Lines from Second Edition only.}
[A.C., anterior cardinal.
Ao., Aorta.
Br4, sixth aortis arch (fourth branchial).
C.S. Cuvierian sinus.
H., the heart.
I.C., inferior cava.
P.C., posterior cardinal vein.
Tr.A., truncus arteriosus.
v.v., vitelline vein.]

Figure 8. Chick on the nineteenth day.

{Illustration: Diagram Sheet 24.}

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