RECORD: Anon. 1871. [Review of Descent]. Herald and Tribune (23 March): 3. 

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THE DESCENT OF MAN, AND SELECTION IN RELATION TO SEX. By Charles Darwin, M.A., F.R.S., etc. with Illustrations. Vol. 1. 12mo. cloth pps. 490 price $2 00—D. Appleton & Co., New York.

Whatever may be thought of Mr. Darwin's theory that man has arisen within the order of nature, and by secondary causes, one thing is evident, he has written a most interesting book on life and one which will do a great deal more in creating a kindly feeling towards the inferior animals than any book that has ever been written.

In the first chapter, the author treats of the evidence of the decent of man from some lower form, using the homogenous structures in Man and the Lower Animals, miscellaneous points of correspondence, and development, as facts bearing on the origin of man.

This book will be read and criticised, perhaps severely, in some quarters, but notwithstanding some of its Materialistic views it is a book of wonderful scientific research and will attract much attention and, no doubt, illicit no little discussion in literary circles.


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