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(MAUPERTUIS, P.L. MOREAU de). Venus physique. Premiere partie. Contenant une dissertation sur l'origine des hommes et des animaux. - Seconde partie. Contenant une dissertation sur l'origine des noirs. (Paris?,, 1746. 2 parts in 1 vol. 224 pp. 16°. Old brds., uncut.

A complete copy of the second, augmented edition of this groundbreaking work on heredity, published anonymously in two parts, both preceded by a half-title. DSB IX, 186-9: "Maupertuis's Venus Physique refuted the pre-formationist theories of embryonic development held by most of his contemporaries of the then-discredited epigenetic hypothesis, which Maupertuis had adopted after considering the obvious facts of biparental heredity".

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