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Phylogeny as an Independent Science

Naturevolume 115pages799800 (1925) | Download Citation



I AM sorry if I misunderstood the objects aimed at by Prof. Franz's book, “Die Geschichte der Organismen.” I admit that the German word “Geschichte” is capable of being understood in two senses, namely, (1) a general descriptive account, and (2) evolutionary history. Since Prof. Franz holds the chair of phylogeny in his university, I understood “Geschichte” in the latter sense. All I can say is that if he intended it to be understood in the former sense, a task of such gigantic dimensions could not be attempted in a work of the size of his book. I gather that he intended to bring phylogenetic hypotheses into relation with fossil discoveries; in this aim I am in entire sympathy with him, however little success may have attended his efforts.

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