The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook D, Pages 72

The Hand of Darwin: Transmutation Notebook D, Pages 72

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Transmutation Notebook D, Pages 72

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 123:72)

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8th Sept

Yarrell told me he had just heard of Black game and Ptarmigan having crossed in wild state— & the English & Some African dove.—


The extinction of the S. American quadrupeds is difficulty on any theory— without God is supposed to create & destroy without rule— But what does he in this world without rule? The destruction of the great Mammals over whole world shows there is rule.— S. America & Australia appear to have suffered most with respect to extinction of larger forms.— […]

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has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.

is Oxnam Professor Emeritus of Science and Society at Drew University and editor of the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History Library.

is a geneticist at Virginia Commonwealth University and an Anglican priest.