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Contributions to Vertebrate Palæontology



IN his brief autobiography (1893) Huxley mentions that in 1854, when Sir Henry de la Beche, the Director-General of the Geological Survey, offered him the posts of palleontologist and lecturer on natural history, he refused the former and accepted the latter only provisionally because he “did not care for fossils.” He was much more interested in physiology, and did not at that time appreciate the purely morphological facts of pakeontology. In a lecture at the Royal Institution in the following year, he even expressed the opinion that the study of fossils had not made any real contribution to the philosophy of zoology.

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