RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 'Falconer speaks of some fossil quite intermediate between Mastodon & Elephant' (6.1844) CUL-DAR205.9.188 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrections by John van Wyhe 11.2010. RN1

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June /44/ Falconer speaks of some fossil quite intermediate between Mastodon & Elephant. — says almost every living species of India has its fossil representative species in fossil state, & these were contemporaneous with the great [illeg] — If there are any [identes], they are carnivora. (good) — the present & remnant fauna, but distinct, like Brazil. — F. thinks, no intermediate mammifera, because not found. — Argues case with great care. The subsequent intermediate faunas of Eocene France, are not found anywhere. — The Miocene mammal fauna, only rarely found in N. America — Do you suppose only one mammal fauna in S. America — or only one in Australia. — S. India was an Isld. =

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