Evidence As To Man's Place In Nature (1863)

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n. ON THE RELATIONS OF MAN TO THE LOWER ANIMALS. Multis videri poterit, majorem esse differentiam Simiae et Hominia, quam diei et noctis; verum tamen hi, comparatione instituta inter summos Europae Heroes et Hottentottos ad Caput ...
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n. ON THE RELATIONS OF MAN TO THE LOWER ANIMALS. Multis videri poterit, majorem esse differentiam Simiae et Hominia, quam diei et noctis; verum tamen hi, comparatione instituta inter summos Europae Heroes et Hottentottos ad Caput bune spei degentes, difficillime sibi per- suadebunt, has eosdem habere natales; vel si virginem nobilem aulicam, maxime contam et humanissimam, conferre vellent cum homine sylvestri et eibi relicto, vix augurari possent, hunc et illam ejusdem esse speciei.—Lin- nasi Amcenitates Acad, "Anthropomorpha." The question of questions for mankind—the problem which underlies all others, and is more deeply interesting than any other—is the ascertainment of the place which Man occupies in nature and of his relations to the universe of things. Whence our race has come; what are the limits of our power over nature, and of nature's power over as ; to what goal we are tending ; are the problems which present themselves anew and with undiminished interest to every man born into the world. Most of us, shrinking from the difficulties and dangers which beset the seeker after original answers to these riddles, are contented . to ignore them altogether, or to smother the investigating spirit under the featherbed of respected and respectable tradition. But, in every age, one or two restless spirits, blessed with that constructive genius, which can only buildon a secure foundation, or cursed with the mere spirit of scepticism, are unable to follow in the well-worn andcomfortable track of their forefathers and contemporaries, and unmindful of thorns and stumbling-blocks, strike out into paths of their own. The sceptics end in the infidelity which asserts the problem to be insoluble, or in the atheism which denies the existence of any orderly progress and governance o...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217714785
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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m. ON SOME FOSSIL BEMATN'S OF MAN. I Have endeavoured to show in the preceding Essay, that the Anthropini, or Man Family, form a very well defined group of the Primates, between which and the immediately following Family, the Catarheji, there is, in the existing world, the same entire absence of any transitional form or connecting link, as between the Catarhini and Platyrhini: It is a commonly received doctrine, however, that the structural intervals between the various existing modifications of organic beings may be diminished, or even obliterated, if we take into account the long and varied succession of animals and plants which have preceded those now living and which are known to us only by their fossilized remains. How far this-.doctrine is well based, how far, on the other hand, as our knowledge at present stands, it is an overstatement of the real facts of the case, and an exaggeration of the conclusions fairly deducible from them, are points of grave importance, but into the discussion of which I do not, at present, propose to enter. It is enough that such a view of the relations of extinct to living beings has been propounded, to lead us to inquire, with anxiety, how far the recent discoveries of human remains in a fossil state bear out, or oppose, that view. I shall confine myself, in discussing this question, to those fragmentary Human skulls from the caves of En- gis in the valley of the Meuse, in Belgium, and of the Neanderthal near Diisseldorf, the geological relations of which have been examined with so much care by Sir Charles Lyell; upon whose high authority I shall take it for granted, that the Engis skull belonged to a contemporary of the Mammoth (Elephasprimigenius) and of the woolly Rhinoceros (Khinocerus tichorhinus), with the bones of which it w...
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