The Ancient Life History of the Earth eBook

Henry Alleyne Nicholson
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In conclusion, it may not be out of place if we attempt to summarise, in the briefest possible manner, some of the principal results which may be deduced as to the succession of life upon the earth from the facts which have in the preceding portion of this work been passed in review.  That there was a time when the earth was void of life is universally admitted, though it may be that the geological record gives us no direct evidence of this.  That the globe of to-day is peopled with innumerable forms of life whose term of existence has been, for the most part, but as it were of yesterday, is likewise an assertion beyond dispute.  Can we in any way connect the present with the remote past, and can we indicate even imperfectly the conditions and laws under which the existing order

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