Foot-prints Of The Creator; Or. The Asterolepis Of Stromness

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byHugh Miller

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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. 1853. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE DEVELOPMENT HYPOTHESIS IN ITS EMBRYOTIC STATE OLDER THAN ITS ALLEGED FOUNDATIONS. When Maillet first promulgated his hypothesis, many of the departments of natural history existed as mere regions of fable and romance; and, in addressing himself to the Muscadim of Paris, in a popular work as wild and amusing as a fairy tale, he could safely take the liberty, and he did take it very freely, of exaggerating the marvellous, and adding fresh fictions to the untrue. And in preparing them for his theory of the metamorphoses of a marine into a terrestrial vegetation, he set himself, in accordance with his general character, to show that really the transmutation did not amount to much. "I know you have resided a long time," his Indian philosopher is made to say, "at Marseilles. Now, you can bear me witness, that the fishermen there daily find in their nets, and among their fish, plants of a hundred kinds, with their fruits still upon them; and though these fruits are not so large and so well nourished as those of our earth, yet the species of these plants is in no other respect dubious. They there find clusters of white and black grapes, peach-trees, pear-trees, prune-trees, apple-trees, and all sorts of flowers. When in that city, I saw, in the cabinet of a curious gentleman, a prodigious number of those sea-productions of different qualities, especially of rosetrees, which had their roses very red when they came out of the sea. I was there presented with a cluster of black seagrapes. It was at the time of the vintage, and there were two grapes perfectly ripe." Now, all this, and much more of the same nature, addressed to the Parisians of the reign of Louis the Fifteenth, passed, I doubt not, wonderfully well; but it will not do now, when almost every young girl, wh...

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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. 1853. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE DEVELOPMENT HYPOTHESIS IN ITS EMBRYOTIC STATE OLDER THAN ITS ALLEGED FOUNDATIONS. When Maillet first promulgated his hypothesis, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217081444

ISBN - 13:9780217081443

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