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1 Democritus, amongst the ancients, and Savonarola and Cardan, in more recent times, have attributed to stones the powers of reproduction. Vivès speaks of certain diamonds which conceive and fructify; and Avicenna speaks of the selenite or moon-stone of Arabia, which, when suspended from a tree, generates other stones of a similar nature. Tournefort also entertained similar opinions.
2 Fossil teeth of mammiferæ, probably.
3 Fossil animal remains, no doubt.
4 Cneius Pompeius. See B. iii. c. 3.
5 "Palmati." This is more probably the meaning, than the "human palm," as Littré renders it. They were fossil impressions of leaves, in all probability.
6 See Chapter 43 of this Book: also B. iv. cc. 7, 8.
7 Stones so called, possibly, from being found in the vicinity of Cora in Italy: See B. iii. c. 9. These stones are also mentioned by Isidorus, Orig. B. xvi. c. 4.
8 Identified by Ajasson and Defontaines with Quartz molar agate, very abundant in this volcanic region of Italy.
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