The Ethnological Journal, 1–9. number

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Trübner & Company, 1865

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Page 256 - OUR BRITISH ANCESTORS : WHO AND WHAT WERE THEY? An Inquiry serving to elucidate the Traditional History of the Early Britons by means of recent Excavations, Etymology, Remnants of Religious Worship, Inscriptions, Craniology, and Fragmentary Collateral History. By the Rev. SAMUEL LYSONS, MA, FSA, Rector of Rodmarton, and Perpetual Curate of St.
Page 21 - From the moment when the first skin was used as a covering, when the first rude spear was formed to assist in the chase, the first seed sown or shoot planted, a grand revolution was effected in nature, a revolution which in all the previous ages of the earth's history had had no parallel...
Page 86 - Palaeolithic" period. II. The later or polished Stone Age; a period characterized by beautiful weapons and instruments made of flint and other kinds of stone; in which, however, we find no trace of the knowledge of any metal, excepting gold, which seems to have been sometimes used for ornaments. This we may call the "Neolithic
Page 21 - Thus, then, the great principle of Natural Selection, which is to biology what the law of gravitation is for astronomy, not only throws an unexpected light on the past, but illuminates the future with hope ; nor can I but feel surprised that a theory which thus teaches us humility for the past, faith in the present, and hope for the future, should have been regarded as opposed to the principles of Christianity or the interests of true religion.
Page 21 - ... history had had no parallel, for a being had arisen who was no longer necessarily subject to change with the changing universe - a being who was in some degree superior to nature, inasmuch as he knew how to control and regulate her action and could keep himself in harmony with her, not by a change in body, but by an advance of mind.
Page 86 - I only apply this classification to Europe, though, in all probability, it might be extended also to the neighbouring parts of Asia and Africa. As regards other civilized countries, China and Japan for instance, we, as yet, know nothing of their pre-historic archaeology.
Page 18 - It is too often snpposed that the world was peopled by a series of " migrations." But migrations, properly so called, are compatible only with a comparatively high state of organization. Moreover, it has been observed that the geographical distribution of the various races of Man curiously coincides with that of other races of animals : and there can be no doubt that he originally crept over the earth's surface, little by little, year by year, just for instance as the weeds of Europe are now gradually...
Page 21 - natural selection' himself, but he is actually able to take away some of that power from nature which, before his appearance, she universally exercised. We can anticipate the time when the earth will produce only cultivated plants and domestic animals ; when man's selection shall have supplanted
Page 21 - ... an order, a class, or a sub-kingdom by himself, have some reason on their side. He is, indeed, a being apart, since he is not influenced by the great laws which irresistibly modify all other organic beings. Nay more; this victory which he has gained for himself gives him a directing influence over other existences. Man has not only escaped 'natural selection...
Page 64 - What is it that constitutes and makes man what he is ? What is it but his power of language— that language giving him the means of recording his...

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