The New Evolution: Zoogenesis

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CHAPTER XVII
LIFE

TIME and again it has been shown that living things arise only as the children of other living things. This rule has no exceptions, and it is inconceivable that there should be exceptions. It is utterly impossible for any living thing to arise spontaneously. The continuity of life from parent to child is not doubted by any student of animals or plants at the present day. It is a basic axiom of biology.

Since all living things are derived from other living things, it naturally follows that the ancestral line of every living thing in the world at the present time has been continuous and unbroken, going back to the very earliest life upon the earth. No biologist today doubts the continuity of life from parent to child through all the ages that have passed since life's first beginnings, or the common origin of all forms of life.

Every living thing develops from a unit particle of living matter -- a single germ cell -- in which no trace of the adult form of that living thing is discernible. This is a second basic axiom of biology. Furthermore, the bodies of all living things are composed either of a single cell, as in the case of the single-celled animals or protozoans, or of vast numbers of cells of varied form and function grouped into the various

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