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EXTINCT WITHIN HISTORIC TIMES
WITH SOME ACCOUNT
BRITISH WILD WHITE CATTLE
JAMES EDMUND HARTING, F.L.S., F.Z.S.
AUTHOR OF “A HANDBOOK OF BRITISH BIRDS ;" "THE ORNITHOLOGY
OF SHAKESPEARE,” ETC. ETC.
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY 7. WOLF, C. WHYMPER,
R. W. SHERWIN, AND OTHERS
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And in yon wither'd bracken's lair,
The days of old have passed away
Lays of the Deer Forest. PREFACE.
Few who have studied the literature of British Zoology can have failed to remark the gap which exists between Owen's “British Fossil Mammals and Birds,” and Bell's “ British Quadrupeds ;” the former dealing chiefly with prehistoric remains, the latter with species which are still existing.
Between these two admirable works a connecting link, as it were, seems wanting in the shape of a history of such animals as have become extinct in Britain within historic times, and to supply this is the aim of the present writer.
Of the materials collected, during many years of research, some portion has been already utilized in a Lecture delivered by the author before the “Hert. fordshire Natural History Society," in October, 1879, and in several articles in the Popular Science Review and the natural history columns of The Field.
The exigencies of time and space, however, neces* Popular Science Review, 1878, pp. 53, 141, 251, 396; and The Field, 1879 : Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11 ; Nov. 1, 8, 29; Dec. 20 and 27.