The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Volume 2

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D. Appleton, 1871 - Evolution
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A somewhat painful read, for two reasons in particular (laying aside the sexism and racism, as being typical of the time): 1) "I may remark before proceeding that, ...the facts are so complex and the ... Read full review

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What can I say about Darwin and his contemporaries? Time has been the great witness to their theories. Those with eyes to see, see the world explained. Even those who don't, can't explain their ... Read full review

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Page 356 - But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her, for her hair is given her for a covering.
Page 361 - ... muscles, which man does not normally possess, but which are common to the Quadrumana — and a crowd of analogous facts — all point in the plainest manner to the conclusion that man is the co-descendant with other mammals of a common progenitor.
Page 377 - Man scans with scrupulous care the character and pedigree of his horses, cattle, and dogs before he matches them ; but when he comes to his own marriage he rarely, or never, takes any such care.
Page 361 - He who is not content to look, like a savage, at the phenomena of nature as disconnected, cannot any longer believe that man is the work of a separate act of creation.
Page 338 - We may indeed conclude from what we know of the jealousy of all male quadrupeds, armed, as many of them are, with special weapons for battling with their rivals, that promiscuous intercourse in a state of nature is extremely improbable.
Page 379 - ... dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper, or from that old baboon, who descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs— as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practises infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.
Page 377 - Man, like every other animal, has no doubt advanced to his present high condition through a struggle for existence, consequent on his rapid multiplication, and if he is to advance still higher it is to be feared that he must remain subject to a severe struggle ; otherwise he would sink into indolence, and the more gifted men would not be more successful in the battle of life than the less gifted.
Page 305 - Thus man has ultimately become superior to woman. It is, indeed, fortunate that the law of the equal transmission of characters to both sexes prevails with mammals ; otherwise it is probable that man would have become as superior in mental endowment to woman as the peacock is in ornamental plumage to the pea-hen.
Page 339 - This is a feeling by no means peculiar to them. " An intelligent Kandyan chief with whom Mr. Bailey visited these Veddahs was ' perfectly scandalised at the utter barbarism of living with only one wife, and never parting until separated by death.
Page 431 - Personally and practically exercised in zoology, in minute anatomy, in geology, a student of geographical distribution, not in maps and in museums. but by long voyages and laborious collection ; having largely advanced each of these branches of science, and having spent many years in gathering and sifting materials for his present work. the store of accuratelyregistered facts upon which the author of the ' Origin of Species ' is able to draw at will is prodigious."— Professor TH Huxley.

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