RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 'Forbes has thought about variability, being effect of conditions' (12.1844) CUL-DAR45.58 (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker, corrections by John van Wyhe 11.2010. RN1

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Dec /44

Forbes has thought about variability, being effect of conditions: he thinks a critical genus (i.e a variable one) is at all times & places variable.

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Remark that all creatures most useful to man the most variable — (& not effect of domestication & he objected with oysters to my view of their use depending on capacity to undergo much change. (but the Bee is good case of very slight cariability. of most useful animal.).

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