Darwin, Not Dogberry
Descent, Darwinism, Evolution
Responds to Darwin's claim that 'our male semi-human progenitors "possessed great canine teeth"' and 'if our ears had remained moveable, their movements would have been highly expressive'. Links this to Dogberry's remark in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing: 'Dost thou not suspect my ears?'. Believes that 'nobody can suspect' Darwin's ears, otherwise Punch would have suspected 'the ears of the philosopher [...] of egregrious longitude'.
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