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Image from page 251 of “The animans and man; an elementary textbook of zoology and human physiology” (1911)
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Title: The animans and man; an elementary textbook of zoology and human physiology
Year: 1911 (1910s)
Authors: Kellogg, Vernon L. (Vernon Lyman), 1867-1937 McCracken, Mary Isabel
Subjects: Zoology Physiology
Publisher: New York, H. Holt and company
Contributing Library: MBLWHOI Library
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oria propinqua. (Photographfrom life by Eliz. and Jos. Grinnell.) birds, almost always on the wing; the stout, heavily nailedfoot of the scratchers, as the hens, grouse, and turkeys; andthe strong, grasping talons, with their sharp, long, curvingnails, of the hawks and owls, and other birds of prey. Inall these cases the fitness of the structure of the foot to thespecial habits of the bird is apparent. Similarly the shape and structural character of the billshould be noted, as related to its use, this being chiefly 230 THE ANIMALS AND MAN concerned of course with the feeding habits. Note thestrong, hooked, and dentate bill of the birds of prey; theytear their prey. Note the long, slender, sensitive bill of thesandpipers; they probe the wet sand for worms. Note theshort, weak bill and wide mouth of the night-hawk andwhippoorwill, and of the swifts and swallows; they catchinsects in this wide mouth while on the wing. Note the flat,lamellate bill of the ducks; they scoop up mud and water

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FIG. 122. Young ostriches just from egg, at ostrich-farm at Pasadena,California. (Photograph from life.) and strain their food from it. Note the firm, chisel-like bill(fig. 123) of the woodpeckers; they bore into hard wood forinsects. Note the peculiarly crossed mandibles of the cross-bills; they tear open pine cones for seeds. Note the long,sharp, slender bill of the humming-birds; they get insectsfrom the bottom of flower-cups. Note the bill and foot ofany bird you examine, and see if you can recognize theirspecial adaptation to the habits of the bird. The most casual observation of birds reveals differencesin the flight of different kinds so characteristic and dis- THE VERTEBRATES: BIRDS 231 tinctive as to give much aid in determining the identity ofbirds in nature. Note the flight of the woodpeckers; itidentifies them unmistakably in the air. Note the rapid 71 TTT t / 7 v .!• i v y : li^ 3 ^x , K , •( >• i ? ^:6 b$ f: M *v ^ & vet: T : l*/lir . i i?v •* •• -v KA

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ASA High School Tour Phoenix 2013
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Trevor Meyer, a professional flatland BMX rider with the Action Sports Association and a 3-time X-Games Gold Medalist, performs a bike pedaling, balancing act during an extreme sports demonstration at Gilbert High school in Gilbert, Ariz., Nov. 19, 2013. The ASA High School Tour, in partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the U.S. Marine Corps, combines the world’s best action sports athletes with America’s 911 force to speak with students about tobacco awareness and fitness. The ASA High School Tour’s top professional skateboarders, BMX riders and inline skaters perform mind-boggling aerial stunts on a state-of-the-art half-pipe in front of tens of thousands of students each year. Meyer, a native of Minneapolis, is widely considered one of the best flatland riders in the World. For more photos visit (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken)

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Times Square traffic jam in New York City

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Reasons Why You Should Stop Making Excuses About Fitness

There are a lot of pills and programs out there you can take, all promising to help you get fit, but many are as misleading as they are dangerous. The article below will give you the facts about how to get fit. If you read the tips in the next few paragraphs, you’ll learn how to get healthier without having to spend money on a dubious product.

Think about reserving a personal trainer for a few sessions to help you get started working out. A trainer will help you determine the goals you should set for yourself and will help you setup a workout program. Going to the gym can be a little intimidating at first, but if you let a professional help you, you’ll have no problem. This will give you the first step in the right direction of a workable exercise plan.

If you are looking to get as physically fit as possible, search for an exercise routine that tones muscles while simultaneously adding flexibility. You should easily find many different classes in your area.

If you are using weights, begin with smaller weights first. Small muscles fatigue more quickly than large muscles, so using barbells before larger machines makes sense. This is because if you are working out big ones the smaller ones may strain.

When you are developing a new fitness routine, try to incorporate unique, fun physical activities into the plan. You do not have to go to the gym to exercise. You need to do something that you enjoy so that you can maintain motivation and keep doing it.

You can get strong thighs, which will protect your knees. Tearing a knee ligament is among the most common injuries in sports. Quads and hamstrings are the muscles to strengthen to make sure similar injuries don’t happen to you. Try performing leg curls and extensions.

If you want to develop your muscle mass, try lifting heavier weights and doing less reps. Choose a muscle group to start with, perhaps the chest or the biceps. Do a warm-up set by lifting weights that are easy to lift. A weight that allows you to perform 15 to 20 repetitions is about right. Change to a heavier weight for the next set. You should only be able to do 6 to 8 repetitions at this weight. For the last set, bump up the weight by another five pounds.

Always wear the proper shoes when performing any exercise routine. Wearing the right kind of shoes is key to getting the most out of your workouts. Not to mention, your feet will become uncomfortable more quickly and can lead to discouragement during your workouts and a higher chance of leaving the gym early.

Before starting your workout, test the padding thickness of the bench by pressing fingers down into the cushion firmly. If you feel a hard section under the bench, it is not the right one. Working on a machine like the one described above can hurt your back.

Use this tip, performed by many tennis players to get stronger forearms. Put a large portion of news print on a table or flat surface. Wrinkle the paper for half a minute with the hand that is most dominant. Do this exercise twice with the dominant hand and once with the other hand. Repeat as many times as deemed necessary.

Are you ready to get fit? Many more things go into building a body that’s in shape than just losing some extra pounds. Make use of the tips that you have just read so that you can start to change your life today. The tips you’ve read will guide you along the way. All you need to do is put in the effort.