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Es gehört allerdings einiger Muth dazu, sich einer so weit reichenden Arbeit zu unterziehen; indessen scheint es der einzig richtige Weg zu sein, auf dem endlich die Lösung einer Frage erreicht werden kann, welche für die Entwicklungs-Geschichte der organischen Formen von nicht zu unterschätzender Bedeutung ist.
It does indeed take quite some courage to undertake such a far-reaching task; nevertheless, this appears to be the only correct way to finally arrive at the solution to a question the significance of which to the developmental history of organic forms should not be underestimated.

developmental history = Entwicklungs-Geschichte A common term among German naturalists at the time, referring to the study of “laws” governing the biogeographic and stratigraphic distribution of organic forms. Bateson has “evolution of organic forms”, Sherwood “evolutionary history of organic forms”, both of which are misleading today, since Entwicklungsgeschichte was not necessarily committed to a theory of evolution; see Sander Gliboff, “Gregor Mendel and the Laws of Evolution”, History of Science 37 (1999), pp. 217–235. On Mendel’s understanding of “developmental laws” see p. 3, s. 6, and p. 18, s. 7.

forms = Formen See p. 3, s. 8.

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