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September 4, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(10):768-769. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680100052021

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Annual Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science  At the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, many papers not only of general interest but of special interest to physicians were read.

THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES  The Section of Zoology was opened by an address by Prof. H. F. Osborn, president of the American Museum of Natural History, on the origin of species as it appeared to Darwin and as it appears today. The address attracted such attention that the room was crowded. In 1830-1859, when Darwin was collecting facts for his immortal work, said Osborn, knowledge of zoology was limited and of paleontology almost absent. For example, in one of the volumes in Darwin's library, preserved at Cambridge, the number of species of mammals known in 1827 was 1,124, whereas 13,450 species and subspecies were known today. Knowledge of other vertebrate groups

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