1876: A Novel by Gore Vidal

By Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence spans the heritage of the us from the Revolution to the post-World warfare II years. With their wide canvas and massive solid of fictional and historic characters, the novels during this sequence current a landscape of the yank political and imperial adventure as interpreted through considered one of its such a lot worldly, understanding, and ironic observers.

The centennial of the U.S. was once celebrated with nice fanfare--fireworks, exhibitions, pious calls to patriotism, and maybe the main underhanded political machination within the country's heritage: the robbery of the presidency from Samuel Tilden in desire of Rutherford B. Hayes. This used to be the Gilded Age, while robber barons held the handbag strings of the kingdom, and the celebration in strength was firm to stick in strength. Gore Vidal's 1876 offers us the inside track of the day in the course of the eyes of Charlie Schuyler, who has again from exile to regain a misplaced fortune and set up a wedding into long island society for his widowed daughter. And even supposing Tammany corridor has faltered and Boss Tweed has fled, the results of corruption achieve deep, even into Schuyler's family.

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The sabertooth Dinofelis confronts a baboon, which has also been trapped in the steep-walled cavity. Neither animal will be able to leave. 34 the carcasses of the first victims started a “chain reaction” of carnivore trappings, so this is not a carnivore trap in the full sense. Incarcal Another site that may have operated partly as a carnivore trap is Incarcal, in Girona, in northeastern Spain. This is a complex of karst cavities (nine cavities are currently known) in Pliocene lacustrine limestone filled with fossiliferous sediments.

One especially fine specimen is the skeleton of an old sabertooth, which was found articulated in a resting pose – suggesting that the animal simply lay down and died. 1). Haile 21A Another cave site that may have been a sabertooth den is the Irvingtonian (early Pleistocene, about 1 Ma) cave site of Haile 21A in Florida. This is the site where the first and only undisputed specimens of the robust homotherin Xenosmilus hodsonae were found. The partial skeletons of two individuals were discovered at this site, together with abundant remains of a peccary, Platygonus cumberlandensis, and some fragmentary fossils of Smilodon gracilis and of a gomphotherid mastodon.

The various groups of sabertooths, which initially attract our attention because of their striking similarities, also retain many features that betray their different evolutionary origins. The skulls and especially the dentitions of creodonts and carnivorous marsupials are so different from those of true carnivores that it is relatively simple (at least for the specialist) to tell creodont and marsupial sabertooths from “true” sabertooth cats. However, the similarities between more closely related sabertooth groups can be so detailed as to lead specialists to mistaken interpretations of their affinities.

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