Spontaneous Generation

Mar 26, 2022 • Wikireadia

Spontaneous generation is a body of thought on the ordinary formation of living organisms without descent from similar organisms. The theory of spontaneous generation held that living creatures could arise from nonliving matter and that such processes were commonplace and regular. It was hypothesized that certain forms, such as fleas, could arise from inanimate matter such as dust, or that maggots could arise from dead flesh.

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Wikipedia contributors. February 19, 2022. Spontaneous generation. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 21 2022, from

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