Darwin-Hooker Letters : Letter from Hooker, J. D. to Darwin, C. R. on 7 Oct 1878

Hooker, J. D.

Darwin-Hooker Letters

Botanical evidence is against F. B. White's origin of St Helena fauna. Hooker holds flora is S. African. Since plants must arrive before insects, if fauna is Palearctic then flora survived glacial period. Flora not Miocene since old and relic orders are absent. Suggests S. African west coastal mountains as insects' origin.

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