The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook B, Pages 214-215

The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook B, Pages 214-215

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Transmutation Notebook B, Pages 214-215

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The original notebook has been lost and isn't available for photoduplication.

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 121:214)

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[…]The difference intellect of Man & animals not so great as between living thing without thought (plants) & living thing with thoughts (animal).
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∴ my theory very distinct from Lamarcks Without
two species will generate common kind, which is not probable; then monkeys will never produce man. but

both monkeys & man may produce other species., man already has produced marked varieties & may someday produce something else., but not probable owing to mixture of races.— When all mixed & physical changes (intellectual being acquired alters case) other species or angels. produced &

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has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.

is Oxnam Professor Emeritus of Science and Society at Drew University and editor of the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History Library.

is a geneticist at Virginia Commonwealth University and an Anglican priest.