The Abdominal Brain

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Gross & Delbridge, 1885 - 45 pages

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Page 23 - ... having a short neck and a single large orifice. Another picks up the finest grains, and puts them together with the same cement into perfectly spherical " tests" of the most extraordinary finish, perforated with numerous small pores, disposed at pretty regular intervals.
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Page 30 - It has no specialized head, no brain, no skull, no jaws, no limbs.

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