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Linnaeus, Carl - Letter to Johann Gmelon

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Letter to Johann Gmelon (14 Jan 1747) — Carolus Linnaeus

Yet man does recognise himself [as an animal]. But I ask you and the whole world for a generic differentia between man and ape which conforms to the principles of natural history, I certainly know of none... If I were to call man ape or vice versa, I should bring down all the theologians on my head. But perhaps I should still do it according to the rules of science.

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Linnaeus, Carl

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