By Hugh Miller
The geological writings of Hugh Miller (1802-56) did a lot to publicise this particularly new technology. After an early occupation in banking in Scotland, Miller grew to become editor of a newly based Edinburgh newspaper, The Witness, within which he released a sequence of his personal articles in keeping with his geological examine, a suite of which used to be issued as a booklet, The previous purple Sandstone, in 1841, and ended in the Devonian geological interval changing into often called the 'Age of the Fishes'. Footprints of the author (1849) defined his reconstruction of the extinct fish he had chanced on within the previous crimson Sandstone and argued, on theological grounds, that their perfection of improvement disproved the present Lamarckian concept of evolution. The e-book, illustrated with woodcuts, was once written partially as a reaction to the then nameless Vestiges of the average historical past of production (1884), additionally reissued during this sequence.
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Wanting. Such are the heads and vertebral joints of the existing placoids ; and such, reasoning from analogy, seem to have been the character and construction of the heads and vertebral joints of the placoids of the Silurian period,— ,. , . , . ,. ,. b Spinax nf AcarUhias_ - Osseous centrum cf . Raia clavata. , (Nat. ) mums that have come down to us m ,, ;pjg g_ a. Osseous centrum earhest-born of the vertebrata. The most ancient brain-bearing era,1 , , 43 the fossil state, are those of the ganoids of the Lower Old Red Sandstone ; and in these fishes the true skull appears to have been as entirely a simple cartilaginous box, as that of the placoids of either the Silurian period or of the present time, or of those existing ganoids, the sturgeons.
The reply seems obvious. In the first place, the earlier fossils ought to be very small in size ; in the second, very low in organization. In cutting into the stony womb of nature, in order to determine what it contained mayhap millions of ages ago, we must expect, if the development theory be true, to look upon mere embryos and fetuses. And if we find, instead, the full grown and the mature, then must we hold that the testimony of Geology is not only not in accordance with the theory, but in positive opposition to it.
The under surface of each was traversed longitudinally by a < raised bar, which attached it to the skin, and which, in the transverse section, serves to remind one of the shagreen footstalk. They are, besides, of a rhomboidal form; and, when seen in the finer specimens, lying in their proper places on what had been once the creature's body, they seem merely laid down side by side in line, like those rows of glazed tiles that pave a cathedral floor; but on more careful examination, wefind that each ,••,,• , •,, a.
Footprints of the Creator: Or, the Asterolepis of Stromness by Hugh Miller