RECORD: Darwin, C. R. The absurdity of abortive organs being created for system is felt   CUL-DAR205.1.17-18 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online, http://darwin-online.org.uk/)

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The absurdity of abortive organs being created for system, is felt strongly when applied to fossils with abortive organs. -

17 verso

These, perhaps, are organs, not abortive yet not of use or rather not of necessity. - So tail of woodpecker on plains.

18

One might almost as well say, nails of stump of fingers; or horns on skin of Humble Cow had no relation to the former existence, as that teeth in whale-jaw, in Rhinoceros. - nails in flippers, teeth in parrots bill had no relation to some previous structure. ???


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