Spontaneous generation over the centuries

Up to about mid-1600, it was believed that God had created man and the other superior organisms, while all the other living beings, of the less “noble” groups, such as amphibians, insects, worms and in general all the small animals, were generated spontaneously from the mud, and from decomposing substances. The origin of these beliefs can be dated back to ancient China where it was commonly thought that  aphids were born spontaneously  from bamboos.  From some sacred Indian documents we read that flies were generated form dirt and human sweat, and the people of Babylon believed that worms were born from the mud in the channels/canals.

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