# Page:Origin of Species 1872.djvu/117

It is worth while to reflect for a moment on the character of the new species ${\displaystyle F^{14}}$, which is supposed not to have diverged much in character, but to have retained the form of (F), either unaltered or altered only in a slight degree. In this case its affinities to the other fourteen new species will be of a curious and circuitous nature. Being descended from a form that stood between the parent-species (A) and (I), now supposed to be extinct and unknown, it will be in some degree intermediate in character between the two groups descended from these two species. But as these two groups have gone on diverging in character from the type of their parents, the new species (${\displaystyle F^{14}}$) will not be directly intermediate between them, but rather between types of the two groups; and every naturalist will be able to call such cases before his mind.