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THE

REFUTATION OF DARWINISM;

AND THE

CONVERSE THEORY OF DEVELOPMENT;

BASED EXCLUSIVELY UPON DARWIN'S FACTS,

AND COMPRISING QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSES OF THE
PHENOMENA OF VARIATION; OF REVERSION; OF CORRELATION;
OF CROSSING; OF CLOSE-INTERBREEDING; OF THE REPRO-
DUCTION OF LOST MEMBERS; OF THE REPAIR OF
INJURIES; OF THE REINTEGRATION OF TISSUE;

AND OF SEXUAL AND ASEXUAL GENERATION.

BY

T. WARREN O'NEILL,

MEMBER OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR.

BIBLIOTHECOS

SEP !'80
PHILADELPEDOL

LOOLELAND
J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO.

184. f. 194.

Copyright: T. WARREN O'Neill,

1879.

PREFACE.

All religious discussion has been studiously avoided in this work, and solely positive processes of discovery have been employed. The argument is founded, exclusively, upon an analysis of the facts of variation, and of selection, as those facts are presented by Mr. Darwin, in his “ ORIGIN OF SPECIES,” in his “ANIMALS AND PLANTS UNDER DOMESTICATION," and in his “FERTILIZATION OF ORCHIDS."

The design is to show, that the very same facts, which Darwin confesses his inability to explain, yet upon which he relies to sustain his theory, may be explained, to the advantage of every breeder, fancier, horticulturist, and agriculturist; and explained in a way which signally disproves the theory, that Man, and other species of animal, and species of plant, were evolved from lower types.

The arguments herein are all drawn from the phenomena presented by plants, and by the lower animals; it having been deemed more favorable to a temperate and unprejudiced discussion of the subject, to exclude all mention of Man,-upon the understanding, however, that such laws as may be proven to obtain with the lower organisms, must prevail (cæteris paribus) also with Man.

Of the cause of Variations, or improvements; of the cause of the good generally resulting from Crossing; of the cause of the evils frequently attendant upon Close-Interbreeding; of

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