Exhibits.—1. A large series of the fossil plants of New Zealand, collected by the Geological Survey Department, was exhibited.
Sir James Hector stated that he had recently, through the kindnes of Mr. Forbes, at Christchurch, and Professor Parker, at Dunedin, had an opportunity of examining the type-collections which had been submitted to and described by Professor von Ettingshausen. He found that there had been a considerable admixture of localities; and that when these were rectified most of the discrepancies between the conclusions of the learned palæo-botanist and the views held by the Survey as to the geological classification would disappear. The Professor's work was now being translated from the original German, and would be laid before the Society with a full commentary at an early meeting.