RECORD: Darwin, C. R. [1847]. Abstract of Miller, First impressions of England. CUL-DAR205.9.196. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 9.2021. RN1

NOTE: Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

Darwin recorded reading this book on 3 October 1847.

The brown crayon number '22' indicates that this document was filed by Darwin in his portfolio for the subject of Palaeontology: extinction.


H. Miller First Impression of England p. 58, quotes Ansted that 180 organisms found in Silurian of which 100 found in Devonian, & 15 common to whole Palaeozoic series & not one in Secondary - Here probably Tertiary corresponds to whole Palaeozoic - We are probably misled by resemblance of forms & look at Tertiary as much too short - Think of thickness of Carboniferous & Devonian

p 227 Thecodent Saurians in Permian, ie in Palaeozoic - Fish of N. America do not belong to older Silurian. All Silurian fish placoid; in Devonian 3/4 of species Ganoid - Heterocercal tail universal before Secondary Epoch.




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227 - Heterocercal tail ends in its universality at Palaeozoic age


[Miller, Hugh. 1847. First impressions of England and its people. London. Edition unknown]

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