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Spontaneous generation of a railroad — another discredited theory

September 9, 2013
By David Banks , Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates

An important history lesson in science involves the story of "spontaneous generation." For many hundreds of years, people believed that simple life forms such as fly larvae or worms could emerge spontaneously from filth or exposed meat, without prior invasion of those species. In the 19th century, the scientist Louis Pasteur conducted a series of experiments that convincingly disproved that theory.



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