Evolution and Man

Evolution and Man

Evolution and Man

Evolution and Man

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The story of the relationship of living plants and animals to one another and to their ancestors preserved as fossils in the strata of the earth has been told in many books. There seems, however, value in presenting the facts and theories of evolution as a basis on which to discuss man in particular, -- his ancestry, his present inherited body and impulses, and how these condition his reactions to his environment.

The present volume emphasizes, moreover, the fact that evolution is not merely a matter of diverging physical forms but also of enlarging consciousness expressed through these evolving forms, -- a consciousness that, when the human level is reached, takes an increasing control of both the physical and the social environment. In order that these hereditary forces may be used to larger social ends it would seem to have become increasingly true that "the proper study of mankind is man."

HERVEY W. SHIMER

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