RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 'There is such disputes about affinity...definition of species' (2.1841) CUL-DAR205.5.40 Transcribed by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

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Feb /.41/

There is such disputes about affinity, linear, circular arrangement &c &c definition of species — that I cannot, as in geographical distribution & — as in relation of fossil to recent, or state my facts & deduce consequences, — but I must show, how what light the conclusions deduced from other parts bear on those vexed questions — After showing what a 'species' is add remark that question about origin of all our dogs became less material — it is simply whether nature or man, has transported, exposed to different climates & selected the offspring from one common stock. — or whether these have been effected by natural or artificial means

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