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The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1874)

by Charles Darwin

Table of Contents

    Part I. The Descent or Origin of Man

  1. The Evidence of the Descent of Man from Some Lower Form.
  2. On the Manner of Development of Man from some Lower Form.
  3. Comparision of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals.
  4. Comparision of the Mental Powers of Man and the Lower Animals—continued.
  5. On the Development of the Intellectual and Moral Faculties during Primeval and Civilised Times.
  6. On the Affinities and Genealogy of Man.
  7. On the Races of Man.
  8. Part II. Sexual Selection

  9. Principles of Sexual Selection.
  10. Secondary Sexual Characters in the Lower Classes of the Animal Kingdom.
  11. Secondary Sexual Characters of Insects.
  12. Insects, continued. Order Lepidoptera. (Butterflies and Moths.)
  13. Secondary Sexual Characters of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles.
  14. Secondary Sexual Characters of Birds.
  15. Birds, continued.
  16. Birds, continued.
  17. Birds, concluded.
  18. Secondary Sexual Characters of Mammals.
  19. Secondary Sexual Characters of Mammals—continued.

  20. Part III. Sexual Selection in Relation to Man, and Conclusion

  21. Secondary Sexual Characters of Man.
  22. Secondary Sexual Characters of Man—continued.
  23. General Summary and Conclusion.


[ Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. 2nd ed., revised and augmented, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1906, 688 pp. ]


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