Edging into the Wild
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In The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, which appeared first in 1868 and in a revised edition in 1875, Charles Darwin developed a theme to which he had accorded great rhetorical and evidentiary significance. The first chapter of On the Origin of Species, published in 1859, had included a description of artificial selection as practiced by farmers, stock breeders, and pet fanciers. Domesticated animals and plants were numerous, familiar, and available for constant observation; they provided a readily available body of evidence.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Humanities. History Section
Designing Wildlife Habitats, John Beardsley (ed.)
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Ritvo, Harriet. "Edging into the Wild." In Designing Wildlife Habitats, John Beardsley, ed., Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, c2013.
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