Organic Evolution: A Text-book

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Macmillan, 1917 - Evolution - 729 pages
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Page 151 - And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
Page 3 - The result, therefore, of this physical inquiry is, that we find no vestige of a beginning, — no prospect of an end".
Page 27 - Hence it appears to be a matter of no great moment what animal, or what plant, I lay under contribution for protoplasm, and the fact speaks volumes for the general identity of that substance in all living beings.
Page 10 - Lamarck (1744-1829) was one of the most remarkable as well as one of the most pathetic figures in evolutionary history.
Page 27 - ... of California, towering to the dimensions of a cathedral spire, or the Indian fig, which covers acres with its profound shadow, and endures while nations and empires come and go around its vast circumference. Or, turning to the other half of the world of life, picture to...
Page 660 - The structural differences between Man and the Man-like apes certainly justify our regarding him as constituting a family apart from them ; though, inasmuch as he differs less from them than they do from other families of the same order, there can be no justification for placing him in a distinct order.
Page 661 - Perhaps no order of mammals presents us with so extraordinary a series of gradations as this— leading us insensibly from the crown and summit of the animal creation down to creatures, from which there is but a step, as it seems, to the lowest, smallest, and least intelligent of the placcntal Mammalia.
Page 9 - ... all animals undergo perpetual transformations; which are in part produced by their own exertions in consequence of their desires and aversions, of their pleasures and their pains, or of irritations, or of associations; and many of these acquired forms or propensities are transmitted to their posterity.
Page 165 - Fourth law.— All that has been acquired or altered in the organization of individuals during their life is preserved by generation, and transmitted to new individuals which proceed from those which have undergone these changes.
Page 77 - ... being motionless and closely collapsed on its sides. A seaman on board sank one with a heavy weight attached to it, thinking thus to kill it directly ; but when, an hour afterwards, he drew up the line, it was quite active.

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