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GEOLOGICAL CONTEMPORANEITY AND PERSISTENT TYPES OF LIFE.*
by Thomas H. Huxley
[footnote] *The Anniversary Address to the Geological
Society for 1862.
MERCHANTS occasionally go through a wholesome, though troublesome and
not always satisfactory, process which they term "taking stock." After
all the excitement of speculation, the pleasure of gain, and the pain
of loss, the trader makes up his mind to face facts and to learn the
exact quantity and quality of his solid and reliable possessions.
The man of science does well sometimes to imitate this procedure; and,