The New Evolution: Zoogenesis

The New Evolution: Zoogenesis

The New Evolution: Zoogenesis

The New Evolution: Zoogenesis

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Man is today the central figure in the living world. Therefore the study of the life about us must be approached through the application of the human yardstick. First of all we must appraise the living world in terms of its direct relationship to man. Beginning with the known -- ourselves -- we may measure the nearer portions of the unknown; and not till this is done may we with any confidence take up the broader problems of the world of animals and plants.

But the human yardstick has its limitations. To a very large extent we are detached from the world in which we live. Our environment we modify to suit ourselves. We are therefore quite unfamiliar with the terrible realities of existence that must be faced by all other living things -- that were faced also by our ancestors.

So overwhelming are the odds against all living things, so precarious is the existence of any individual, that it is not practicable to discuss the varied contacts of all forms of life from the human aspect. Yet an appreciation of these contacts is essential to an understanding of the living world. In order to overcome this difficulty we shall present this subject in terms of its relation to the life of a butterfly. From the infinity of different contacts which we find in our contemplation of a butterfly we shall select a few for more detailed exposition.

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