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As the hind foot elongates the index will increase; elongation of the hind foot is interpreted as a specialization.
SPECIATION IN THE KANGAROO RAT, DIPODOMYS ORDIIHENRY W. SETZER
As the tail elongates the index decreases and as the tail becomes shorter the index increases.
SPECIATION IN THE KANGAROO RAT, DIPODOMYS ORDIIHENRY W. SETZER
To give the first bite the caterpillar elongates its body, and carries its head as far forward as possible.
THE INSECT WORLDLOUIS FIGUIER
The proboscis of the male is about a foot long when the creature is at rest, but elongates under excitement.
THE NEW GRESHAM ENCYCLOPEDIAVARIOUS
Then a thick thread is emitted from one or both extremities, which elongates and becomes branched in a pinnate manner.
FUNGI: THEIR NATURE AND USESMORDECAI CUBITT COOKE
The root grows only at the end, from a point just behind the tip; the stem elongates throughout its whole length.
OUTLINES OF LESSONS IN BOTANY, PART I; FROM SEED TO LEAFJANE H. NEWELL
At the base of this anther-tube rises the pistil, which gradually elongates, and like a piston forces out the pollen at the top.
MY STUDIO NEIGHBORSWILLIAM HAMILTON GIBSON
A two-layered hemisphere is thus established which soon elongates, while its opening narrows to a small pore (fig. 55).
THE WORKS OF FRANCIS MAITLAND BALFOUR, VOLUME II (OF 4)FRANCIS MAITLAND BALFOUR
The former of these elongates itself in succeeding stages into a process of both epiblast and hypoblast.
THE WORKS OF FRANCIS MAITLAND BALFOUR, VOLUME II (OF 4)FRANCIS MAITLAND BALFOUR
After the formation of the mouth the body elongates, remaining however cylindrical.
THE WORKS OF FRANCIS MAITLAND BALFOUR, VOLUME II (OF 4)FRANCIS MAITLAND BALFOUR

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