Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675 / A description of the nature of four-footed beasts : with their figures engraven in brass
Chapter XI. Of the bones of the civet-cat, pp. 119 ff.
OF THE FOURFOOTED BEASTS. CHAPTER XI. Of the bonsc of the Civet-cat. J T remains now to treat of the Sceleton of this beaft prepared by mee, which condu- ceth much to the discovery of it's nature; to know the place, feat, and pofture of the bones, and to fee wherein it agrees with, or differs from the Dogs, Wolfe, Fox, Cat, and other beafts. When in all other beafts the number of the turning-joynts of the back-bone is not the fame, in our fweet Hyxna were reckoned 49. but in the Sow, and Hedge-hogge but foure, in the Horfe, and Camels fifteen, fix in the neck, as in Dogs; in the breaft twelf, after the ufuall way; feven others on the back, as in the Dog. But the Hedge-hogge hath eight ; the Cony ten. Finally the tayl confits of foure and twenty fmall bones. In a Dog I told but fifteen. in thejaws were fix fharp cutters on each fide, but very finall, as in the Cat-pard, and in Dogs. Next ftand the dog-teeth, in bigneffe, and flnpe as the dogs: Then grinders on either fide fix; the firit whereof next the grinders, but finall, as the laft, faving one, is the greateft of all. The fhape of the whole feemed to re- femble a dog, and fuch kind of beafts neareft. And fo much briefly of the Anatomy. Let the reader excufe us, that wee give no ac- count of the inwards, fince fuch was the ftink of the putrified bowells, that the offence fo nauseated, and turned the ftomacks of my fchollers then prefent, in Dr. Dominick Pana- rolus, who cut it up, and alfo in the byftanders, that it fcarce fuffered us to make that fpeedy diffedion. F I N I S. I rq
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