The Damned Human Race
by: Mark Twain
I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so-called), and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me. For it obliges me to renounce my allegiance to the Darwinian theory of the Ascent of Man from the Lower Animals; since it now seems plain to me that that theory ought to be vacated in favor of a new and truer one, this new and truer one to be named the Descent of Man from the Higher Animals.
Mark Twain and Joseph Jefferson in Nikola Tesla's South Fifth Avenue Laboratory, 1894, Tesla's image is blurred between them.
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 (2010) Full Text
Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (CT) at Mark Twain's estate.