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From Man to ApeDarwinism in Argentina, 1870-1920$
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Adriana Novoa and Alex Levine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226596167

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226596181.001.0001

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The Culture of Extinction

The Culture of Extinction

(p.119) Chapter Four The Culture of Extinction
From Man to Ape
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how Darwinism led to the development of a culture of extinction in Argentina. It discusses the opinion of paleontologist and evolutionary theorist George Gaylord Simpson that though there are already descriptions of evolution without extinction or extinction without evolution before Charles Darwin, it was only after Darwin that we can see concepts of evolution and extinction working together. This chapter explains the logic of the Darwinian theory and argues that in a way Darwin “naturalized” the concept of extinction.

Keywords:   extinction, Darwinism, Argentina, George Gaylord Simpson, evolution, Charles Darwin, natural selection, Darwinian theory

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