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The Origin of Man

Nature volume 85, pages 406407 (26 January 1911) | Download Citation

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THE reference in “Dodsley's Annual Register for 1767,” mentioned in NATURE of January 12 (p. 336), is to James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, whose speculations as to the simian origin of man excited so much ridicule amongst his contemporaries. Boswell reports a saying of Johnson in 1773:—“Other people have strange notions, but they conceal them. If they have tails they hide them, but Monboddo is as jealous of his tail as a squirrel.”

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    • CECIL H. DESCH

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