The species extreme in character are not the oldest, or the most recent; nor are those which are intermediate in character, intermediate in age.
-- There has been much discussion whether recent forms are more highly developed than ancient.
Agassiz insists that ancient animals resemble to a certain extent the embryos of recent animals of the same classes; or that the geological succession of extinct forms is in some degree parallel to the embryological development of recent forms.
We can understand how it is that all the forms of life, ancient and recent, make together one grand system; for all are connected by generation.
I was not intending to go beyond Italian and recent
examples, but I am unwilling to leave out Hiero, the Syracusan, he being one of those I have named above.
No recent English prose writer has exercised a wider influence than he, but none is likely to suffer as time goes on a greater diminution of reputation.
His very vivid and active imagination enables him not only to humanize animal life with remarkable success, as in the prose 'Jungle-Books,' but to range finely in the realms of the mysterious, as in the short stories 'They' and 'The Brushwood Boy.' Of short-stories he is the most powerful recent writer, as witness 'The Man Who Would Be King,' 'The Man Who Was,' 'Without Benefit of Clergy,' and
Nearer the coast there are some plains formed from the wreck of the upper plain, and from mud, gravel, and sand thrown up by the sea during the slow elevation of the land, of which elevation we have evidence in upraised beds of recent shells, and in rounded pebbles of pumice scattered over the country.
They were associated with twenty- three species of shells, of which thirteen are recent and four others very closely related to recent forms.
I think I can still hear this learned and devout man--for his soul was filled with devotion to the dread Being that could hold a universe in subjection to His will--dwelling with delight on all the discoveries among the heavenly bodies, that the recent
improvements in science and mechanics have enabled the astronomers to make.
These prairies at certain seasons are ranged by migratory herds of the wide-wandering buffalo, the tracks of which, though not of recent
date, were frequently to be seen.
This work is of comparatively recent
execution: it dates from the eighteenth century only, and reveals the corrupt taste of the period in every part of it.