The subject of this sketch seems to have been fortunate in both conditions, heredity and environment. He developed a huge, vigorous body and a powerful, alert mind, one peculiarly capable of noting and retaining infinite details of color, form, and structure. The fishes, a group characterized by almost unbelievable diversity of form, color-pattern, and habitat, were thus admirably suited to his retentive type of mind, and David Starr Jordan became an ichthyologist, a student of fishes.
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"David Starr Jordan: Editorial,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 4:
3, Article 5.
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