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Quinarianism after Darwin's "Origin": The Circular System of William Hincks

Jennifer Coggon
Journal of the History of Biology
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Spring, 2002), pp. 5-42
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4331706
Page Count: 38
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Quinarianism after Darwin's "Origin": The Circular System of William Hincks
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Abstract

As late as 1870 a Toronto professor, William Hincks, schooled pupils in a circular system of classification. Although his system was derived from Macleay's quinarianism of the 1820s, Hincks had altered it in several ways, influenced by botanical morphology. He persistently promoted it throughout the 1860s as an alternative to Darwinian evolution.

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