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DCP-LETT-9991

To Anton Dohrn   24 May 1875

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Summary

Thanks AD for his Ursprung [der Wirbelthiere (1875)], which astonished CD. AD’s views, if accepted by competent authorities, will show how much we have to learn about the history of every animal. Suggests caution on "degradation principle". Comments on other views in the work. Has long seen importance of the principle of "Functionswechsel" [transfer [change!?] of function], but never enunciated it as a distinct principle.

Summary

Thanks AD for his Ursprung [der Wirbelthiere (1875)], which astonished CD. AD’s views, if accepted by competent authorities, will show how much we have to learn about the history of every animal. Suggests caution on "degradation principle". Comments on other views in the work. Has long seen importance of the principle of "Functionswechsel" [transfer [change!?] of function], but never enunciated it as a distinct principle.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-9991
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Dohrn, F. A.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (Ana 525. Ba 1122)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9991,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-9991

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