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The Origin of Species

Nature volume 5, page 84 | Download Citation

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SOME months since a letter appeared in NATURE, asking the author of the article on “The Origin of Species,” published in the North British Review, 1867, to explain the following passage which occurs in the article:—“A million creatures are born; ten thousand survive to produce offspring. One of the million has twice as good a chance as any other of surviving, but the chances are fifty to one against the gifted individuals being one of the hundred survivors.” There is an error in this passage; the word “hundred” should be altered to “ten thousand.” I presume that with this correction the writer of the letter will have no difficulty in following the argument. I am much obliged to him for drawing my attention to the slip.

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