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Darwin-L Message Log 5:193 (January 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<5:193>From buchignani@hg.uleth.ca  Fri Jan 28 06:21:23 1994

Date: Fri, 28 Jan 1994 05:21:26 MST
From: Norman Buchignani <buchignani@hg.uleth.ca>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: RE: "Adaptation" before 1800, and the direction of adaptation

re: the specific use of the word "adaptation" before 1800. I just consulted
my personal database on intellectual discourse on race/human variation
(which includes notes), and no specific examples came up. I found
a lot between 1800 and 1830; the history of the notion, however,
goes back a long way. Europeans were well aware, for example of
West Africans' adaptive resistence to local diseases in the 1600s.

Norman Buchignani

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