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CHAPTER III.

ORGANIC STABILITY.

Incipient Structure.-Filial relation.-Stable Forms.-Subordinate positions of Stability.-Model.-Stability of Sports.-Infertility of mixed Types.-Evolution not by minute steps only.

Incipient Structure.-The total heritage of each man must include a greater variety of material than was utilised in forming his personal structure. The existence in some latent form of an unused portion is proved by his power, already alluded to, of transmitting ancestral characters that he did not personally exhibit. Therefore the organised structure of each individual should be viewed as the fulfilment of only one out of an indefinite number of mutually exclusive possibilities. His structure is the coherent and more or less stable development of what is no more than an imperfect sample of a large variety of elements.

The precise conditions under which each several element or particle (whatever may be its nature) finds its way into the sample are, it is needless to repeat, unknown, but we may provisionally classify them under one or other of the following three categories, as they