Modern Applications of the Doctrine of Natural Selection *

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NOTWITHSTANDING the objections which are still made to the theory of Natural Selection on the ground that it is either a pure hypothesis not founded on any demonstrable facts, or a mere truism which can lead to no useful results, we find it year by year sinking deeper into the minds of thinking men, and applied, more and more frequently, to elucidate problems of the highest importance. In the works now before us we have this application made by two eminent writers, one a politician, the other a naturalist, as a means of working out so much of the complex problem of human progress as more especially interests them.

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WALLACE, A. Modern Applications of the Doctrine of Natural Selection * . Nature 7, 277–279 (1873) doi:10.1038/007277a0

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