Autograph Letter, signed ("T.H. Huxley"), to Mr. W. Parsons of the Topographical School
1 page, on a bifolium with blindstamped letterhead of the Geological Survey of England and Wales letterhead. 1 vols. 12mo
by Huxley, Thomas Henry
London, 1868. 1 page, on a bifolium with blindstamped letterhead of the Geological Survey of England and Wales letterhead. 1 vols. 12mo. Very good. With front panel of envelope addressed by Huxley tipped to integral blank. 1 page, on a bifolium with blindstamped letterhead of the Geological Survey of England and Wales letterhead. 1 vols. 12mo. Attractive autograph of Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), biologist and influential advocate of Darwin's theories."after studying Ernst Haeckel's morphological approach to constructing 'phylogenies' (Haeckel's neologism) Huxley began drawing 'trees' of living gallinaceous birds. His work also showed an increasing biogeographic awareness: it was Huxley at this time who coined the term 'Wallace's line' to divide the Australian and Asian faunal zones. However, his most spectacular pedigree was a dinosaur ancestry for birds … in 1868 Huxley talked at the Royal Institution on the ratites (ostrich group) as the descendants of Compsognathus-like dinosaurs" (ODNB)Reading: "I am much obliged for the useful Geological table you have been so good as to send me..." (Inventory #: 305057)
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