Punch,  40 (1861), [iii].

Astronomical Information. From Punch's Almanack for 1870. The Earth



Regular Feature, Notes, Drollery


Astronomy, Exploration, Futurism, Evolution, Animal Development, Darwinism, Palaeontology, Geology

    Claims that 'Less was known of this planet than any other until it was examined by the philosopher Darwin'. Discusses Darwin's supposed claims regarding the inhabitants of the earth, pointing out that they will remain the same for 'two billions of years', at which time they will turn into strange ducks and 'commence a struggle for life', which will result in them having 'two wooden legs between three of them'. Adds that Darwin thinks the planet will later be inhabited by dinosaurs 'until it explodes'.

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