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exist

verb be, be alive, be in effect, be in present force, breathe, come into existence, continue, continue tobe, continue to live, endure, esse, exsistere, go on, have being, have existence, have life, inhere, last, live, live on, persist, remain, remain alive, stay, stay alive, subsist, survive
Associated concepts: corporate existence, existing creditors, existing debt, existing estate, existing law, existing liability, existing lien, existing rights, existing use
See also: continue, endure, last, lie, persevere, remain, subsist
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Secondly, areas now continuous must often have existed within the recent period in isolated portions, in which many forms, more especially amongst the classes which unite for each birth and wander much, may have separately been rendered sufficiently distinct to rank as representative species.
Although no graduated links of structure, fitted for gliding through the air, now connect the Galeopithecus with the other Lemuridae, yet I can see no difficulty in supposing that such links formerly existed, and that each had been formed by the same steps as in the case of the less perfectly gliding squirrels; and that each grade of structure had been useful to its possessor.
If about a dozen genera of birds had become extinct or were unknown, who would have ventured to have surmised that birds might have existed which used their wings solely as flappers, like the logger-headed duck(Micropterus of Eyton); as fins in the water and front legs on the land, like the penguin; as sails, like the ostrich; and functionally for no purpose, like the Apteryx.