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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

The anatomical description of a cassowar,   pp. 241-249

Page 241

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                              T H E
                             OF A
   C A S S O WAA R.
 B Efore the year 1 5 97 this Bird was never feen in Europe; and no Author
 DB  of the Ancients, or Modernes, has fpoken thereof. The Hollanders
 brought one at the return of their firif Voyage from India. It was given
 them as a Rarity by a Prince of the Ifle of )a'va.Six years after they brought
 two others, but they dyed on the way. That here defcribed was fent to the
 King in 1 67 1, by the Governour of Madaogafcar, who had bought it of the
 Marchants which returned from the Indies. It Lived four years at Ver-
   Clujius fay's that in the Indies it is called Ee. We have not yet been
 ble to underhand wherefore it is in French called Cafuel or Gafrecl. This
 Bird, next tle 0//rich, is the greateft, and weightieft of all that we know.
 T1hat which Cluflus defcribes, which is the firil that the Hollanders brought
 from INdia, was a fourth lels than ours, which nmeafured five foot and a
 in length,from the end of the B&ak to the extremity of the Tallons.
Tlhe legs
 were tWo foot 3nd a half from the Belly to the end of the Tallons. The
 I-lead and Neck were a foot and a half together. The greatetI Toe, corn-
 pvehending the Nail, was five inches long; the Nail of the little Toe, three
 itichesanrd a half. The Wing was fo little, that it did not appear, being
 (luite lhid under the Feathers of the I3ack. Aldrovandus, who has only feen
 tleC del iption that is given thereof in the Relation of tlhe firfi Voyage
 the U-1llanders, reports that this Bird is clicifly admirable in that it
has neither
 Wings nor Tongue. In our Subjica we found this a falfitie. This Author
 inight allo have added that it has no Feathers, becauft that indeed, thofe
 whichl do cover it, do better ref~mble the Hair of a Bear or wild-Boar,
   Feathers, or Down ; fb harlb, long, and thin are the Fibres which do com.
   pole the Beards of thlefe Plumes.
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