The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook B, Page 45

The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook B, Page 45

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Transmutation Notebook B, Page 45

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 71:54)

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The Creator has made tribes of animals adapted preeminently for each element, but it seems law that such tribes, as far as compatible with such structure are in minor degrees adapted for. other elements.


every part would probably be not complete, if birds were fitted solely for air & fishes for water.


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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.