RECORD: Darwin, C. R. Referee report of W.B. Carpenter's manuscript "On the fossil shells of foraminifera, called by him 'Orbitolites'" (8.1855) RoySoc-RR3.38 Transcribed and edited by Kees Rookmaaker and John van Wyhe (Darwin Online, http://darwin-online.org.uk/)

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by Kees Rookmaaker and John van Wyhe 12.2011. RN1

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To the Council of the Royal Socy

I recommend Dr. Carpenter's paper on Orbitolites to be printed in the Transactions. Though written, as it appears to me, in too diffuse a style, I cannot point any particular portion which could be condensed.

With respect to the publication of the very beautiful drawings, I feel much difficulty: their cost, I apprehend, would be very great, & there does not seem to me, sufficient new matter

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of physiological importance in the memoir to justify going to a very great expence. Dr. Carpenter seems rather to overrate the novelty of connecting forms, apparently very different, by intermediate structures; though he most justly appreciates the importance of always attempting to do this, & he gives, under the form of Canons, the processes which every all sound naturalists

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have long endeavoured to carry out. Very many of the figures are given to illustrate intermediate forms and variations. — I would, therefore, suggest that the author himself should be consulted as to how many Plates would contain those figures, which he considers as most important.—

Ch. Darwin.
Down Augt. 18th. 1855.

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Report Dr Carpenter by Mr Darwin

Carpenter, William Benjamin. 1856. On the fossil shells of foraminifera, called by him ‘Orbitolites' [14 June 1855}. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 146: 181-236. See Correspondence vol. 5, letter 1744.


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