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The Biology of Winter

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Title

The Biology of Winter

Subject

We need Winter to explain Summer

Description

ARGUMENT.-I. An appreciation of the full biological import of Winter is not altogether easy for us, here and now. We must think of peoples with less artificial environment, of more wintry regions, and of Glacial Epochs. II. The Sagas of the Biology of Winter are to be found in such stories as those of the Sleeping Beauty and Balder. III. The astronomical facts bear out our vaguer impressions. IV. Reactions to the cold and scarcity of Winter are very variable :-flight, concealment, colour-change, and so on. V. Hibernation in its varying degrees is a common solution. VI. Yet to many death is inevitable, Winter is the time of intensest elimination. This affects not only individuals, but races. The tree of life grows, but it is also pruned. The only biological consolation is that the fruition of the tree has improved.

Creator

Prose by J. Arthur Thomson
Headpiece by Effie Ramsay

Publisher

Patrick Geddes & Colleagues

Date

Winter 1896-1897

Rights

Public Domain
Source: 1) Ryerson University Library Archives and Special Collections; 2) Private Collection (Dennis Denisoff)

Relation

Yellow Nineties 2.0, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities

Language

English

Type

Image, text
Prose

Identifier

EGV4_thomson_biology
EGV4o_decorp_p8
EGV4o_ramsay_head_p8

Date Modified

25 July 2017, KF
13 Nov 2017, ljk

License

Creative Commons