The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook B, Pages 101-102

The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook B, Pages 101-102

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Transmutation Notebook B, Pages 101-102

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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 121:45)

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Astronomers might formerly have said that God ordered, each planet to move in its particular destiny.— In same manner God orders each animal created with certain form in certain country, but how much more simple, & sublime power let attraction act according to certain laws such are inevitable consequen let animal be created, then by the fixed laws of generation, such will be their successors.—

let the powers of transportal be such & so will be the form of one country to another.— let geological changes go at such a rate, so will be the numbers & distribution of the species!!

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 121:45)

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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.

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