The Romance of Natural History, Second Series

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Published: 1861
Language: English
Wordcount: 107,556 / 328 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.1
LoC Category: QH
Downloads: 365
Added to site: 2010.06.14
mnybks.net#: 28136
Genre: Nature
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h; while there are others yet again, which we know to be reduced to a paucity so extreme, that their extinction can scarcely be delayed more than a few years at most. Thus we may consider ourselves as standing by the dying-beds of these creatures, with the consciousness that we shall soon see them no more; that the sentence is gone forth against them; that their sands are running to the last grains, and that no effort of ours can materially prolong their existence. The facts from which these conclusions are drawn are highly curious, and I shall endeavour to lay them, with as much brevity as they will allow, before my readers.

On that prochronic hypothesis, by which alone, as I conceive, the facts revealed by geological investigation can be reconciled with the unerring statements of Scripture,--every word of which is truth, the truth of a "God that cannot lie,"--we may assume the actual creation of this earth to have taken place at that period which is geologically known as the later Tertiary E

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