Saturday, November 14, 2009
Anaximander's Ancient Hypothesis of Evolution
"He [Anaximander] said that mankind was at the beginning very like another animal, to wit, a fish." -- Hippolytus, priest, 2nd century
It was wrong 3 million years ago, it was wrong then, it was wrong in the Victorian Age, and it's wrong now.
And to set the historical record straight, Anaximander was aware of Atomic Theory a century before Leucippus.
"He [Anaximander] said ... that winds come from the separation and condensation of the subtler atoms of air ...." -- Hippolytus, priest, 2nd century