Natural theology and nature's disguises

  title={Natural theology and nature's disguises},
  author={Muriel L. Blaisdell},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
Henry Walter Bates’s paper on the phenomenon of mimicry in butterflies’ was read at the Linnean Society of London on November 21, 1861-three days short of the second anniversay of Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species. In this paper Bates described surprising resemblances among butterfly specimens of different families. He explained these similarities of coloration and pattern on “Mr. Darwin’s principles,” accepting both the general principle of evolution and the mechanism of natural… 
On the Origins of the Quinarian System of Classification
  • Aaron Novick
  • Philosophy
    Journal of the history of biology
  • 2016
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This paper identifies the theme of honey gathering in Charlotte Brontë's fiction and places it within the context of Romantic and early Victorian representations of the nectarium's role in
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