The Past and Present Life of the Globe: Being a Sketch in Outline of the World's Life-system

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W. Blackwood and sons, 1861 - Paleontology - 256 pages
 

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Page 211 - 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 210 - It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so Complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.
Page 54 - That, chang'd thro' all, and yet in all the same, Great in the earth, as in th' ethereal frame ; Warms in the sun, refreshes in the breeze; Glows in the stars, and blossoms in the 'trees ; Lives through all life, extends through all extent, Spreads undivided, operates unspent...
Page 210 - These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with Reproduction ; Inheritance which is almost implied by Reproduction ; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life, and from use and disuse...

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