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History and Methods of Palæontological Discovery1

Nature volume 20, pages 494499 | Download Citation



IN the rapid progress of knowledge, we are constantly brought face to face with the question, What is Life? The answer is not yet, but a thousand earnest seekers after truth seem to be slowly approaching a solution. This question gives a new interest to every department of science that relates to life in any form, and the history of life offers a most suggestive field for research. One line of investigation lies through embryology, and here the advance is most encouraging. Another promising path leads back through the life history of the globe, and in this direction we may hope for increasing light, as a reward for patient work.

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