By Alfred Russel Wallace
Reflecting their owner's style and serving as a magnificent exhibition house for viewers, cupboards of curiosities have been a spot of curiosity within the homes of the rich within the sixteenth an seventeenth centuries. showing infrequent vegetable and animal species and fossils, those cupboards have been continuously devoted to technology and information. via gathering unusual and gorgeous gadgets in nature, wealthy noblemen have been in a position to construct a microcosm expressing the variety of God's construction.
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62 63 near their bases will be often very different, representative species of some genera occurring, and even whole genera being peculiar to one side only, as is remarkably seen in the case of the Andes and Rocky Mountains. A similar phenomenon occurs when an island has been separated from a continent at a very early period. ), 1734-1765. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, La Haye.
If the law above enunciated be true, it follows that the natural series of affinities will also represent the order in which the several species came into existence, each one having had for its immediate antitype a closely allied species existing at the time of its origin. ), 1734-1765. Koninklijke Bibliotheek, La Haye. 36 37 It is evidently possible that two or three distinct species may have had a common antitype, and that each of these may again have become the antitypes from which other closely allied species were created.
5. The distribution of the organic world in time is very similar to its present distribution in space. 6. Most of the larger and some small groups extend through several geological periods. 7. In each period, however, there are peculiar groups, found nowhere else, and extending through one or several formations. Larus philadelphia Bonaparte’s Gull Plate 324 from Audubon’s Birds of America 30 31 8. Species of one genus, or genera of one family occurring in the same geological time are more closely allied than those separated in time.