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and five by Messrs. Adam and Charles Black, the publishers of Flower and Lydekker's standard work on Mammals.

It is hoped that most of the leading facts and the conclusions to be drawn therefrom as to the distribution of existing Mammals have been correctly stated in the course of this work, and that it may be of some use to students of this most attractive branch of Zoology. At the same time, it should be recollected that science in all its branches moves fast nowadays, and that statements which are perfectly correct one day may be falsified at any moment by new discoveries and by fresh investigations.

I must not conclude these remarks without offering our best thanks to Mr. W. E. de Winton, F.Z.S., and Mr. F. E. Beddard, F.R.S., F.Z.S., for their kind assistance in the compilation of the Tables of Genera, and in the correction of the proofs of this volume.

3 HANOVER Square, London, W., March 1, 1899.

P. L. SCLATER.

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