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THE COMPARATIVE ANTIQUITY OF CONTINENTS." In London, on Monday evening, a lecture was delivered at a meeting of tho Royal Geographical Society by Professor Wallace on the "Comparative Antiquity of Continents." The chair was taken by Sir R. Aleock. Among the dis- tinguished visitors present was the Emperor of Brazil. Mr. Wallace commenced by saying that most lands, whether they were islands, continents, or otherwise, were marked more or less by Slme peculiar natural features of their own, and also possessed distinctive animals. Taking these two great facts into considera- tion, they were enabled approximately to get at the relative antiquity of continents. He then pro- ceeded to draw attention to the fact that all the great continents and peninsulas stretched from north to south. Professor Wallace next went m to enumerate the various animals of the same kind which existed in various parts of r Wiih respect to the jreographical vâ that in all prob-> "A _;on -liity, western although it was 11." 1 any very long continuance. This he en- deavoured to prove by stating that whilst some of the animals known in Western Europe., passed over into America, those in the East and Asia never emigrated to that country, which in all probability they would have done had the continents been long joined together. In conclusion the lecturer stated that Australia and New Guinea were younger in the world's history than any other portion of the globe, and they differed from other parts of the earth both in general appearance and the animals they contained.

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