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The Chinese Theory of Evolution.

+ The rocks are the bones of the divine body, the soil is the flesh, the metals are the nerves and veins; the tide, wind, rain, clouds, frost, and deware all caused by its respirations, pulsations, and exhalations. Originally the mountains rose to the firmament, and the seas covered the mountains to their tops. At that time there was, in the divine body, no life beside the divine life. Then the water subsided ; smallherbsgrew,andinthelapseof cycles developed into shrubs and trees. As the body of man, unwashed for years, breeds vermin, so the mountains, unlaved by the seas, bred worms and insects, greater creatures developing out of the lesser. Beetles in the course "of ages became tortoises, earth-worms became serpents, high-flying insects became birds, some of the turtle doves became pheasants, egrets became cranes, and wild cats became tigers. The preying mantis was by degrees transformed into an ape, and some of the apes became hairless. A hairless ape made a fire by striking crystal upon a r©ck, and, with the spark struck out, ignited the dry grass. With the fire they cooked food, and by eating warm victuals they grew large, strong, and knowing, and were changed intomen.—"Popular Science Monthly."

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The Chinese Theory of Evolution., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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The Chinese Theory of Evolution. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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