IT has been a common complaint since the teaching of biology became widely accepted in schools that many pupils have acquired a considerable knowledge of the insides of the 'types' prescribed for dissection, but have remained largely unaware of those animals and plants the evolution of which has run close to that of man. The late Sir D'Arcy Thompson, for example, often lamented that, after high promise, biology as a school subject had descended to a level in which pupils were being taught much about the morphology and physiology of local species, but were learning little of the habitat and habits of the larger animals throughout the world.
Animals We Use
Written and illustrated by Arnrid Johnston. Pp. iv+32. (London : Methuen and Co., Ltd., 1948.) 10s. 6d. net.