Essay on the theory of the earth

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byGeorges baron Cuvier

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1822. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The negroes, the most degraded race among men, whose forms approach the nearest to those of the inferior animals, and whose intellect has not yet arrived at the institution of regular governments, or at any thing having the least appearance of systematic knowledge, have preserved no sort of annals or of tradition. They cannot, therefore, afford us any information on the subject of our present researches, though all their characters clearly shew us that they have escaped from the great catastrophe, at another point than the Caucasan or Altaic races, from which they had probably been separated for a long time previous to the arrival of that catastrophe. Examination of the proofs regarding the Antiquity of Nations, alleged to be contained in their Astronomical and other Monuments. But if the ancients, it is argued, have left no history, their long existence as nations is not the less attested by the advances which they have made in astronomy, by observations whose date is easily determined, and even by monuments R which still remain, and which bear the dates anciently inscribed upon them. Thus, the length of the year, such as the Egyptians are supposed to have determined it, according to the heliacal rising of Sirius, proves correct for a period comprised between the year S000 and the year 1000 before the Christian era, a period with which also the traditions of their conquests, and of the great prosperity of their empire correspond. This accuracy proves to what perfection they had carried their observations, and shews that they had, for many ages, devoted themselves to similar studies. In order to determine the force of this argument, it becomes necessary that we should here enter upon some explanations. The solstice is the moment of the year at which the rise of ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1822. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... The negroes, the most degraded race among men, whose forms approach the nearest to those of the inferior animals, and whose intellect...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217828973

ISBN - 13:9780217828970

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