The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook E, Excised Page 122

The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook E, Excised Page 122

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Transmutation Notebook E, Excised Page 122

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 20:122e)

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The more I think, the more convinced I am, that extinction plays greater part then transmutation.— Do species migrate & die out.?— In the place where any species is most common, we need not look for change, because its number show it is perfectly adapted; it where few stray ones. are, that change may be anticipated, & this would look like fresh Creation. the gardener separates a plant he wishes to vary— domesticated animals tend to vary. […]

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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.