The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook D, Pages 72

The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook D, Pages 72

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Transmutation Notebook D, Pages 72

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 123:72)

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8th Sept

Yarrell told me he had just heard of Black game and Ptarmigan having crossed in wild state— & the English & Some African dove.—


The extinction of the S. American quadrupeds is difficulty on any theory— without God is supposed to create & destroy without rule— But what does he in this world without rule? The destruction of the great Mammals over whole world shows there is rule.— S. America & Australia appear to have suffered most with respect to extinction of larger forms.— […]

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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.