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Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (1844)

by Robert Chambers

Table of Contents

  1. The Bodies of Space—Their arrangements and formation
  2. Constituent materials of the Earth, and of the other Bodies of Space
  3. The Earth formed—Era of the Primary Rocks
  4. Commencement of Organic Life—Sea Plants, Corals, &c.
  5. Era of the Old Red Sandstone—Fishes abundant
  6. Secondary Rocks—Era of the Carboniferous Formation—Land formed—Commencement of Land Plants
  7. Era of the New Red Sandstone-Terrestrial Zoology commences with Reptile—First traces of Birds
  8. Era of the Oolite—Commencement of Mammalia
  9. Era of the Cretaceous Formation
  10. Era of the Tertiary Formation—Mammalia abundant
  11. Era of the Superficial Formations—Commencement of present Species
  12. General Considerations respecting the Origin of the Animated Tribes
  13. Particular Considerations respecting the Origin of the Animated Tribes
  14. Hypothesis of the Development of the Vegetable and Animal Kingdoms
  15. Macleay System of Animated Nature—This System considered in connexion with the Progress of Organic Creation, and as indicating the natural status of Man
  16. Early History of Mankind
  17. Mental Constitution of Animals
  18. Purpose and General Condition of the Animated Creation
  19. Note Conclusory

[ Robert Chambers, Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation, 1st ed., 1844; Reprinted in James Secord, ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994, 254 pp. ]


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