Darwiniana: Essays and Reviews Pertaining to Darwinism

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D. Appleton, 1877 - Evolution - 396 pages
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Page 127 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Page 141 - To my mind it accords better with what we know of the laws impressed on matter by the Creator, that the production and extinction of the past and present inhabitants of the world should have been due to secondary causes, like those determining the birth and death of the individual.
Page 6 - This is an authorized facsimile printed by microfilm/xerography on acid-free paper in...
Page 227 - England and some other parts of Europe. So the Sequoias, now remarkable for their restricted station and numbers, as well as for their extraordinary size, are of an ancient stock ; their ancestors and kindred formed a large part of the forests which flourished throughout the polar regions, now desolate and iceclad, and which extended into low latitudes in Europe.
Page 267 - But the only distinct meaning of that word is stated, fixed, or settled; since what is natural, as much requires and presupposes an intelligent agent to render it so, ie to effect it continually or at stated times, as what is supernatural or miraculous does to effect it for once. And from hence it must follow, that persons...
Page 27 - Altogether at least a score of pigeons might be chosen, which, if shown to an ornithologist, and he were told that they were wild birds, would certainly be ranked by him as well-defined species.
Page 172 - Hilaire, that is, against the supposition that time brings about a gradual alteration of whole species ; but it goes for little against Darwin, unless it be proved that species never vary, or that the perpetuation of a variety necessitates the extinction of the parent breed. For Darwin clearly maintains— what the facts warrant— that the mass of a species remains fixed so long as it exists at all, though it may set off a variety now and then. The variety may finally supersede the parent form...
Page 291 - ... part, without sensible effects. The little prisoner is not crushed and suddenly destroyed, as is sometimes supposed, for I have often liberated captive flies and spiders, which sped away as fast as fear or joy could hasten them. At other times I have found them enveloped in a fluid of mucilaginous consistence, which seems to act as a solvent, the insects being more or less consumed in it.
Page 13 - ... either hand, and say how much of truth there may be in each? The present reviewer has not the presumption to undertake such a task. Having no prepossession in favor of naturalistic theories, but struck with the eminent ability of Mr. Darwin's work, and charmed with its fairness, our humbler duty will be performed if, laying aside prejudice as much as we can, we shall succeed in giving a fair account of its method and argument, offering by the way a few suggestions, such as might occur to any...
Page 29 - If strange and rare deviations of structure are really inherited, less strange and commoner deviations may be freely admitted to be inheritable. Perhaps the correct way of viewing the whole subject would be, to look at the inheritance of every character whatever as the rule, and non-inheritance as the anomaly.

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