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Prehistoric Parables

Nature volume 88, page 546 (22 February 1912) | Download Citation



THE seven short stories relating to prehistoric man included in this little book are dramatic and interesting. Civilisation is only superficial in comparison with the history of man, and a scratch will often reveal the elemental human nature beneath. Mr. Bell's parables may therefore represent humanity as faithfully as any efforts to project ourselves into the mind of the past can do. He realises that to place man, as he has done, in the Carboniferous period for artistic effect has no geological sanction—and we think he has gained nothing by such a departure from fact—but overlooking this point the stories are certainly of human interest.

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