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Author Name:    DAWSON, J.W. DAWSON, John William, Sir

Title:   Chain of Life in Geological Time : A Sketch of the Origin and Succession ofAnimals and Plants.

Publisher:    Religious Tract Society, RTS, London, 1880, 

Seller ID:   96417

DAWSON, J.W. The Chain of Life in Geological Time : A Sketch of the Origin and Succession of Animals and Plants. With numerous illustrations. (London): The Religious Tract Society, n.d. [1880]. Pp [i]-xiv,[1]-272,(2). Illust rated. Index. 8vo, maroon half leather, maroon marbled paper covered boards. “Questions as to the origin and history of life are not at the present time limited to mere philosophical speculation and poetical imagining. The solutions of these questions are now supposed to be based on the facts of Biology and Palaeontology; and, establishing themselves on these facts, the bolder speculators suppose that they can scale heaven, dethrone God, and sweep away all belief in the spiritual nature and higher destinies of man. No portion of our modern acquisitions in science is more closely connected withthese daring speculations than that which relates to the succession of for ms of life in geological time ; and none is more unfairly dealt with by themore extreme theorists. On the one hand, they parade carefully selected se ries of fossil species as demonstrating the reality of continuous derivation. On the other hand, when this process fails to meet the requirements of the facts, they affirm that the imperfection of the record, or of our know- ledge of it, invalidates any testimony of Palaeontology on. the subject.” -from the Preface. Contents : I. Preliminary Considerations as to the Exten t and Sources of our Knowledge. II. The Beginning of Life on the Earth. III. The Age of Invertebrates of the Sea. IV. The Origin of Plant Life on the Land. V. The Appearance of Vertebrate Animals. VI. The First Air-breathers.VII. The Empire of the Great Reptiles. VIII. The First Forests of Modern T ype. IX. The Reign of Mammals. X. The Advent of Man. XL Review of the History of Life. Sir John William Dawson, CMG, FRS, FRSC (1820-1899), was a Canadian geologist and university administrator, born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, where he attended and graduated from Pictou Academy. Of Scottish descent, Dawson attended the University of Edinburgh to complete his education, and graduated in 1842, having gained a knowledge of geology and natural history from Robert Jameson. Dawson returned to Nova Scotia in 1842, accompanying Sir Charles Lyell on his first visit to that territory. Dawson was subsequently appointed as Nova Scotia's first superintendent of education. Holding the post from 1850 to 1853, he was an energetic reformer of school design, teacher education and curriculum. From 1855 to 1893 he was professor of geology and principal of McGill University in Montreal, an institution which under his influence attained a high reputation. He was elected FRS in 1862. When the Royal Society of Canada was created he was the first to occupy the presidential chair, and he also acted as president of the British Association at its meeting at Birmingham in 1886, and president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Spine severely chipped and partly detached, heavy wear to covers, lacking free endpapers, ex-library (bookplate, inkstamps, rear pouch), some foxing and smudging, some tape repair to gutters, a few pencil marks, overall a poor copy. As is. 40.00


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