On the Theory of the Origin of the Species by Natural Selection in the Struggle for Life

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Spottiswoode & Company, printers, 1868 - 16 síđur

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Síđa 3 - I believe that animals have descended from at most only four or five progenitors, and plants from an equal or lesser number.
Síđa 16 - At the same time, no one is more strongly convinced than I am of the vastness of the gulf between civilized man and the brutes ; or is more certain that, whether from them or not, he is assuredly not of them.
Síđa 9 - ... the steersman, sitting in the stern, has a paddle nine feet long. Over tempestuous seas war canoes ride like sea-fowl. Should a wave throw a canoe on its side, and endanger its upsetting, the paddlers to windward lean over the gunwale, thrust their paddles deep into the wave, and by a curious action force the water under the canoe. This makes the vessel regain her equilibrium, and gives her a vigorous impulse forward. Even when a canoe is upset, the crew can bale her out, and put her right in...
Síđa 16 - Let me take this opportunity then of distinctly asserting, on the contrary, that they are great and significant; that every bone of a Gorilla bears marks by which it might be distinguished from the corresponding bone of a Man; and that, in the present creation, at any rate, no intermediate link bridges over the gap between Homo and Troglodytes.
Síđa 14 - They arc much shorter, but stouter built, than the New Zealanders, and have darker skins, but the same straight coarse hair. Their faces are rounder, and more pleasing in expression. Their noses are Roman in shape, resembling those of the Jews. They never tattooed, and although they originally practised cannibalism, they had discontinued it before the arrival of the New Zealanders. They appear to have been a very cheerful people, fond of singing, and of telling laughable stories. Their habits of...
Síđa 9 - ... have been originally few in number, and that from these few have come the multitude of tongues now found to exist, and which have existed in every authentic period of history. The very reverse of this hypothesis is the fact, and it is not in the nature of things that it should be otherwise.
Síđa 5 - ... bright restless eyes, throws into their faces an indescribable mildness, while their soft voices give a peculiar sweetness to their language. There is, indeed, a pathos about their voices when speaking, a plaintive pathos when allusions are made to persons dear to them, and an indifference and ease of manner unknown among many other races, which are alike charming to hear and pleasant to see.
Síđa 5 - ... extermination of an infinitude of connecting links between the living and extinct inhabitants of the world, and at each successive period between the extinct and still older species, why is not every geological formation charged with such links? Why does not every collection of fossil remains afford plain evidence of the gradation and mutation of the forms of life ? We meet with no such evidence, and this is the most obvious and plausible of the many objections which may be urged against my theory.
Síđa 14 - In fact, their expedition may be said to have been undertaken solely for the latter purpose, a Maori who happened to have visited the islands whilst engaged as a seaman in a vessel trading from Sydney, having reported the aborigines as a plump, well-fed race, who would fall easy victims to the prowess of his countrymen. By a refinement of cannibal cruelty, the unfortunate wretches were compelled to carry the wood and prepare the ovens in which they were to be cooked. Such of them as were destined...

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