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Perrault, Claude, 1613-1688 / Memoir's for a natural history of animals : containing the anatomical descriptions of several creatures dissected by the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris
(1688)

The anatomical description of eight ostriches,   pp. 217-238 ff.


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lay'd in the Sun was not thickened, but had contraated a very ill Smell:
And that in neither the one nor the other of there Eggs, there was found
any
appearance of Difpofition to Generation.
    At the top of the Ovarium there was difcovered two Glandulous Bodies
 faftened to the Aorta, and Vena Cava, whofe Subftarice was like to that
of the
 Teficlcs of the Males, having in their Superficies a great number of Vef-
 fels. Their Colour was of a brisk red. Each of thePk Bodies meafured an
 Inch and half in length, and four Lines in Diameter.
   In the Males the TcJficles were of a different Size and Figure in the
diffe-
 rent Subjedls.  Inone they were fmal], being only fifteen Lines in length
 and five in Diameter. In another they were long and narrow, being an
 Inch and half long and four Lines only in Diameter. In a third they were
 four Inches long, and an Inch and half Diameter through the middle. Tliefe
 laft had the Figure of a Pdllets Egg a little extended, being larger at
one end
 than the other. In all the Subjeas they were covered with a Nervous Mem-
 brane, Sprinkled with lb great a quantity of Veffels, that it appeared red.
 In one of the Subjedts wc found the Tefl-icle had as it wvere another little
one
 faftened to its fide. This little one was about a fourth of the great one,
and
 was nothing elfe but the Epididymis feparated from the Tefticle, which was
 joyned to it in two places; viz. by a Branch of the Vai Spermaticun Pr.epa-
 rans, which proceeding from the middle of the Teflicle, did enter into the
 middle of the Epididymris; and by the Deferens, which proceeding from
 the bottom of the Epididymis, was rejoyned to the bottom of the Tc-
 flicle.
   The Vaa Prxeparantia came out near the Emulgents, and were joyned
a little lower to tile TeJficles, which were laied on the Kidneys, a little
more
on the left than on the right fide: Before their connefing to the TefJicle,
they were each divided into three Branches, which joyned to each other,
and afterwards Separating, did thus continue to communicate themfelves a-
long the lTeJ/dcle, to which they inferted fome Branches at equal Spaces.
In
this place they were exceedingly invelop'd with Membranes and Fat: But
notwithfianding thefe Impediments, their Stru&ure and Comm unications
Were diftineily 1Ucn; bccaufk that having boiled one TcJlicle, and all the
Fat
being melted, the Veifels evidently appeared, and Ihfewed that after being
united, they were feparated, to rejoyn again. The Deferecns defcending a-
long the Spine to the fecond Bladder, was there fattened, after being dilated,
and changed into a Membrane. This Duc'lus, as ufually, was folid, and
without Cavity at its beginning, and at the end it was enlarged, and be-
camie Membranous.
  The Liver was red, of a Subftance hard and firm. By its Figure it re-
Iembled that of a Man, being divided into two great Lohes. The left
was partei into two other fmall ones. There was allu another little one,
in
the middle and at the bottom of the two great ones, which was found but
in one of the SubjeEts. There was no Gall-Bladder, but only a Dicus HeN-
licus, which proceeded from the middle of the hollow part of the Liver, and
inferted it felfe at the Pylorus. The Duc-las was formed by the uniting of
three great branches, which were distributed into the whatlo  Subftance n-
the Liver. At the extremity of one of thefe Braaches, very near Its jllf.:rti-
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