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On the Nature of Limbs.

in On the Nature of Limbs

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780226641942
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226641959 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226641959.003.0001
On the Nature of Limbs.

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This chapter presents the text of Richard Owen's essay On the Nature of Limbs, presented at an evening meeting of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Owen discusses his thoughts about evolution and suggests that humans ultimately evolved from fish as the result of natural law. He also recognizes the homology of fins and limbs which is today recognized at all the major levels in the biological hierarchy from genes to evolution.

Keywords: Richard Owen; evolution; natural law; fins; limbs; biological hierarchy

Chapter.  27885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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