The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection (6th ed)

The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection (6th ed)
or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

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The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection (6th ed) by Charles Darwin

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The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection (6th ed)
or, The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.

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w of progressive development, and as all the forms of life thus tend to progress, in order to account for the existence at the present day of simple productions, he maintains that such forms are now spontaneously generated. (I have taken the date of the first publication of Lamarck from Isidore Geoffroy Saint- Hilaire's ("Hist. Nat. Generale", tom. ii. page 405, 1859) excellent history of opinion on this subject. In this work a full account is given of Buffon's conclusions on the same subject. It is curious how largely my grandfather, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, anticipated the views and erroneous grounds of opinion of Lamarck in his "Zoonomia" (vol. i. pages 500-510), published in 1794. According to Isid. Geoffroy there is no doubt that Goethe was an extreme partisan of similar views, as shown in the introduction to a work written in 1794 and 1795, but not published till long afterward; he has pointedly remarked ("Goethe als Naturforscher", von Dr. Karl Meding, s. 34) that the future question for naturalists will be

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