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Homoplasy and Mimicry

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ALL students of the remarkable phenomenon of superficial resemblances in the animal and vegetable kingdom will be glad that Prof. Dyer has published an extension of the paper which he read on this subject at the Edinburgh meeting of the British Association. It is especially satisfactory that he has abandoned the very objectionable term “pseudomorphic,”and substituted that of “homoplastic,”a very much better term, because it simply expresses a fact without committing one to any theory. There are, however, one or two points in his paper of last week, on which I should wish to be allowed to comment.

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