Homo V. Darwin, a Judicial Examination of Statements Recently Published by Mr. Darwin Regarding 'The Descent of Man'

Homo V. Darwin, a Judicial Examination of Statements Recently Published by Mr. Darwin Regarding 'The Descent of Man'

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...the attacks of enemies which it would have been impossible for it to resist, and quite as impossible for it to escape. I think, therefore, you quite fail to show the possibility of such a transmutation of species as you suppose. Darwin. My Lord, "if the gorilla and a few allied forms had become extinct, it might have been argued, with great force and apparent truth, that an animal could not have been gradually converted from a quadruped into a biped; as all the animals in an intermediate condition would have been miserably ill-fitted for progression. But we know, and this is well worthy of reflection, that several kinds of apes are now actually in this intermediate condition; and no one doubts that they are, on the whole, well adapted for their conditions of life. Thus, the gorilla runs with a sidelong, shambling gait, but more commonly progresses by resting on its bent arms. (Vol. i. pp. 142, 143). Homo. Here, my Lord, is an engraving of a gorilla. Though it does not show the brute as it "progresses," it gives a very fair idea of its general appearance. Your Lordship is aware that the gorilla belongs to the stem of the Old World monkeys from which, Mr. Darwin tells us, "man proceeded," and is now one of our "nearest allies." Lord C. Perhaps it may be my moderate acquaintance with the science of Natural History, but I am unable to recognize the relationship. Will Mr. Darwin proceed? Darwin. "The long-armed apes," my Lord, occasionally use their arms like crutches, swinging their bodies forward between them; and some kinds of Hylobates, without having been taught, can run or walk upright with tolerable quickness, yet they move awkwardly and much less securely than man. We see, in short, with...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236809017
  • 9781236809018