The History of Creation. Or the Development of the Earth and its Inhabitants by the Action of Natural Causes. A Popular Exposition of the Doctrine of Evolution in General, and of that of Darwin, Goethe, and Lamarck in Particular. From the eighth German edition, the Translation revised by E. Ray Lankester.
by HAECKEL, Ernst (1834-1919).
London:: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1892., 1892. 2 volumes. 8vo. xxiv, 422; x, , 544 pp. 2 frontispieces (the first is a color folding map; plastic tape applied to full surface of the map and over the title gutter), plates, index. Later burgundy gilt-stamped cloth; rubbed. Southport Public Library markings. Good. "Haeckel saw evolution as the basis for a unified explanation of all nature and the rationale of a philosophical approach that denied final causes and the teleology of the church. His Generelle Morphologie der Organismen (1866; "General Morphology of Organisms") presented many of his evolutionary ideas, but the scientific community was little interested. He set forth his ideas in popular writings, all of which were widely read though they were deplored by many of Haeckel's scientific colleagues. Enthusiastically attempting to explain both inorganic and organic nature under the same physical laws, Haeckel portrayed the lowest creatures as mere protoplasm without nuclei; he speculated that they had arisen spontaneously through combinations of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sulfur. In those days of great interest in protoplasm, it was believed for a while that certain deep-sea dredgings had brought up such structureless organisms; when scientists found this to be in error, Haeckel continued to insist, throughout the years, that "monera" existed. From them he traced one-celled forms with nuclei and three kingdoms—animal, vegetable, and the neutral, borderline "protista." His artistic leanings toward ideal symmetries led him to outline numerous genealogical trees, sometimes to supply missing links or branches; and he reconstructed the human ancestral tree to demonstrate humankind's descent from the lower animals." –Encyclopaedia Britannica. EXTRA POSTAGE MAY APPLY.
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