This concluding chapter describes the “grandeur,” as Darwin himself has put it, in the brief glimpses of life so far explored in this volume. It invites the reader to experience this grandeur through the steady development and growth of life from its hazy origin and early manifestations, down the long corridors of time that lead to the present. Life is after all a history of millions upon millions of millions of individuals, of millions of different species, through millions of years. In an endless procession, animals and plants have spread and multiplied and vanished, each for a fleeting moment a part of the continuing process we call life.
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