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The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids are Fertilised by Insects Paperback – 24 May 2001

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402171943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402171949
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The object of the following work is to show that the contrivances by which Orchids are fertilised, are as varied and almost as perfect as any of the most beautiful adaptations in the animal kingdom; and, secondly, to show that these contrivances have for their main object the fertilisation of each flower. In my volume 'On the Origin of Species' I have given only general reasons for my belief that it is apparently a universal law of nature that organic beings require an occasional cross with another individual; or, which is almost the same thing, that no hermaphrodite fertilises itself for a perpetuity of generations. Having been blamed for propounding this doctrine without giving ample facts, for which I had not, in that work, sufficient space, I wish to show that I have not spoken without having gone into details." - Charles Darwin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and author best-known for his revolutionary theories on the origin of species, human evolution, and natural selection. A life-long interest in the natural world led Darwin to neglect his medical studies and instead embark on a five-year scientific voyage on the HMS Beagle, where he established his reputation as a geologist and gathered much of the evidence that fuelled his later theories.A prolific writer, Darwin s most famous published works include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. Darwin died in 1882, and in recognition of his contributions to science, is buried in Westminster Abbey along with John Herschel and Isaac Newton. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Good facsimile of an interesting book on how different orchids are fertilised by insects, written by Charles Darwin. Interesting not only for orchids lovers, but also for anyone interested in nature (the 'various contrivances' are almost unbelievable) or in the figure of Darwin (it shows what an excellent naturalist he was). It is a pity the binding is not very good, but, all in all, it is very good value for money.
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This only shows how thorough Mr. Darwin was. Obviously no ordinary mind. Extremely thought provoking. Excellent book. I recommend it very highly.
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