Little Masterpieces of Science

The Naturalist as Interpreter and Seer

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 43,494 / 133 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.7
LoC Category: QH
Downloads: 1,737
Added to site: 2009.08.20
mnybks.net#: 25050
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Science
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ng to increase in number, with natural selection always ready to adapt the slowly varying descendants of each to any unoccupied or ill-occupied place in nature, these facts cease to be strange, or might even have been anticipated.

We can to a certain extent understand how it is that there is so much beauty throughout nature; for this may be largely attributed to the agency of selection. That beauty, according to our sense of it, is not universal, must be admitted by every one who will look at some venomous snakes, at some fishes, and at certain hideous bats with a distorted resemblance to the human face. Sexual selection has given the most brilliant colours, elegant patterns, and other ornaments to the males, and sometimes to both sexes of many birds, butterflies and other animals. With birds it has often rendered the voice of the male musical to the female, as well as to our ears. Flowers and fruit have been rendered conspicuous by brilliant colours in contrast with the green foliage, in order that th

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