Evolution and man's place in nature

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byHenry Calderwood

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896. Excerpt: ... » CHAPTER XVI THE APE AND MAN Having brought into proximity these signs of the tendency of our present-day thought, we find more readily the standpoint we have been seeking in order to gain a closer view of the relations in history of the Ape and Man. We are familiar now with the picture of our so-called 'progenitor.' 'The anthropoid apes, as well as most of the monkey tribe, are essentially arboreal in their structure.'1 Hence our familiarity with the picture of the Ape among the branches, as we have it in Wallace's Darwinism, p. 454. We see how like, and how unlike, are the Ape and Man; we recall from Huxley's descriptions, how like they are in brain structure, as shown by the two following illustrations, from the pages of Huxley. The monkey's brain is also given, from Ferrier, as in my work, Mind and Brain. These figures show the comparative brain structure in the three cases. But there is a disturbing feature, on account of Huxley's figures being presented the same in size. When we look on the Ape's Brain, it seems a miniature of man's--a Human Brain, on a reduced scale. We must here have regard to the unlikeness as much as to the likeness. When the resemblance in bodily form is before us in the familiar picture of the Ape among the branches, it is easily understood why the comparison is hateful to us. The explanation is not the vanity of our race; nor is it a natural resentment under Nature's 'Roman severity'; it is simply a sense of the inaccuracy of the conclusion suggested. It is untrue to Nature. The Ape is outwardly like to us,--in some respects singularly like. We should feel ridiculous if, under any rising feeling, 1 Wallace, Darwinism, p. 459. we were tempted to deny this resemblance. Most striking are the hidden homologies disclosed, wh...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896. Excerpt: ... » CHAPTER XVI THE APE AND MAN Having brought into proximity these signs of the tendency of our present-day thought, we find mo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:110 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217831850

ISBN - 13:9780217831857

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