A New Zoology

Summing Up

 from Hermann Popplebaum's, A New Zoology, pp.35-36

"As a result of such studies we can build up in our imagination a picture of the human being in its entirety and we can see in it a summary of the whole animal kingdom. Each region of man's being corresponds to another major division of animal phyla.

The region of the supporting limbs of man represents the type of the most recent animal, the mammals. The "middle region" of man, characterized by the dominance of the rhythmic processes in breath and blood, represents the animals with a metameric architecture, from worms to insects. The head region, with its dome-shaped shell, stands for the shelled animals of the lower rank, the molluscs, echinoderms, and coelenterates.

Each region of this architecture of man signifies another major period of the past. The lower region connects with the more recent geologic era, since the middle of the Mesozoic; the middle region has the signature of an earlier time, extending backward to the Paleozoic era; the upper region is related to the earliest strata of which paleontology knows, i.e. the early Paleozoic and the Azoic (=Precambrian)."

In short:

limbs mammals Cenozoic Atlantean 
trunk reptiles
head lower invertebrates Cambrian
"To make this image more concrete we can select some characteristic animals of each group and build their shapes into man's. A possible sequence could be camel, fish, snake, clam, and cuttlefish. In trying to merge them into a common outline we have to pack them close together and to bring them into an arrangement in which the more recent forms serve as the base of the column and the oldest forms crown the structure."

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