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The Human Species

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THERE is possibly no science which is so generally misunderstood, and yet has had so many works of popular exposition, as anthropology. It is but a few yean ago that the works of Latham, Lawrence, Pickering, and Prichard formed almost solely the consulting literature of the science in this country; and without referring to the various standard works that have since been contributed on special branches of the subject by English workers, the exclusively English reader has perhaps been enabled to consult the translated works of continental anthropologists to a greater extent than has been the opportunity of the student in other fields of science. During the las fifteen years volumes of Blumenbach, Broca, Gastaldi Peschel, Pouchet, Topinard, Vogt, and Waitz have appeared in this country in our own language, and now to the list may be added the work of the distinguished naturalist under notice, whose. name, however, will be popularly remembered as the author of “Rambles of a Naturalist on the Coasts of France, Spain, and Sicily,” which appeared in London in 1857.

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