Describe the spontaneous generation hypothesis .



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Until seventeenth century people believed in abiogenesis or spontaneous generation of living organisms from nonliving substances. According to Epicurus(342-271 B.C.), an ancient Greece, worms and numerous other animals were generated from the soil or manure by the action of moisture, and warmth of the sun and air. According to Aristotle(384-322 B.C.) living creatures are born from like species no doubt, but they arise spontaneously. Thus common worms, bee larvae, wasps, ticks, glow worms and various other insects are born from dew, rotten slime, manure, dry wood, sweat and meat, etc. Eels develop from sea mud, frogs and salamanders from coagulated slime and butterflies from cheese.

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