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date: 25 January 2022

Evolution, Theory of. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Ronald L. NumbersRonald L. Numbers

Until the late 1850s, when the British philosopher Herbert Spencer introduced the term “evolution” to describe the history of the universe as a progression from the simple to the complex, writers discussing what came to be called evolution typically labeled it the “development” theory or, when referring to the organic world, the “transmutation” hypothesis. Few Americans paid any attention to such speculations until after ... ...

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