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acquire affirms ancient progenitors ape-like creature ape-like progenitors appears argument Ascidians become believe biped bipedal birds bodily structure body brain Braubach brute canine carnivora certainly chain of descent chimpanzee civilized coccyx Darwin says Darwin's hypothesis descended developed Divine doubt early progenitors embryo evidence evolution existence fact feeling fossil remains gorilla graduating insensibly hair hairy quadruped Homo horse human idea imagination inherited instinct kind lancelet language larvae Lemuridas Lord G Lordship lower animals mammals man's progenitors mental faculties mental powers mind moral sense muscles Natural Selection naturalists never Old World monkeys organs origin Origin of Species ovule panniculus perhaps pointed ears present probably produced progressive improvement prove question race reason regarding remark remote resemble rudiment rudimentary savage sense or conscience series of forms Sexual Selection species suppose supposition tadpole teeth tion trees variable variations Vertebrata vibrissa whales
Page 73 - There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.
Page 28 - In each great region of the world the living mammals are closely related to the extinct species of the same region. It is therefore probable that Africa was formerly inhabited by extinct apes closely allied to the gorilla and chimpanzee ; and as these two species are now man's nearest allies, it is somewhat more probable that our early progenitors lived on the African continent than elsewhere.
Page 23 - After much consideration, and with assuredly no bias against Mr. Darwin's views, it is our clear conviction that, as the evidence stands, it is not absolutely proven that a group of animals, having all the characters exhibited by species in Nature, has ever been originated by selection, whether artificial or natural.
Page 120 - The feeling of religious devotion is a highly complex one, consisting of love, complete submission to an exalted and mysterious superior, a strong sense of dependence," fear, reverence, gratitude, hope for the future, and perhaps other elements. No being could experience so complex an emotion until advanced in his intellectual and moral faculties to at least a moderately high level.
Page 124 - Secondly, as soon as the mental faculties had become highly developed, images of all past actions and motives would be incessantly passing through the brain of each individual ; and that feeling of dissatisfaction which invariably results, as we shall hereafter see, from...
Page 147 - My object in this chapter is to show that there is no fundamental difference between man and the higher mammals in their mental faculties.
Page 14 - We should then be justified in believing that at an extremely remote period a group of animals existed, resembling in many respects the larvae of our present Ascidians, which diverged into two great branches— the one retrograding in development and producing the present class of Ascidians, the other rising to the crown and summit of the animal kingdom by giving birth to the Vertebrata.
Page 125 - ... hot and still day ; but at a little distance a slight breeze occasionally moved an open parasol, which would have been wholly disregarded by the dog, had any one stood near it. As it was, every time that the parasol slightly moved, the dog growled fiercely and barked. He must, I think, have reasoned to himself in a rapid and unconscious manner, that movement without any apparent cause indicated the presence of some strange living agent, and no stranger had a right to be on his territory.
Page 126 - If, for instance, to take an extreme case, men were reared under precisely the same conditions as hive-bees, there can hardly be a doubt that our unmarried females would, like the worker-bees, think it a sacred duty to kill their brothers, and mothers would strive to kill their fertile daughters ; and no one would think of interfering.