The Coming of Evolution

The Story of a Great Revolution in Science

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Author: John W. Judd
Published: 1910
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,866 / 132 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.7
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 1,185
Added to site: 2010.02.19
mnybks.net#: 26711
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Science, History
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ning of them out of dead matter, or their descent with modification from pre-existing forms, we are dealing with a problem of much greater complexity than could possibly have been imagined by the early speculators on the subject.

The two strongly contrasted hypotheses to which we have referred are often spoken of as 'creation' and 'evolution.' But this is an altogether illegitimate use of these terms. By whatever method species of plants or animals come into existence, they may be rightly said to be 'created.' We speak of the existing plants and animals as having been created, although we well know them to have been 'evolved' from seeds, eggs and other 'germs'--and indeed from those excessively minute and simple structures known as 'cells.' Lyell and Darwin, as we shall presently see, though they were firmly convinced that species of plants and animals were slowly developed and not suddenly manufactured, wrote constantly and correctly of the 'creation' of new forms of life.

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