Mildred I. Ross


The numerous misconceptions of the primeval conditions in our country plainly show that the most common knowledge of an environment may become less than a half-truth by the time a second generation of men lives in that same area. New environmental conditions bring out the hidden potentialities of plants and animals and gradually men formulate new concepts and believe that they are describing the organism under primeval conditions. It is, of course, amazing how very little man placed on record about the things with which he was associated when he came into the wilderness where life was controlled by natural laws. This is true for accurate descriptions of the flora and the fauna of Indiana forests, of the prairies, of the relic colonies of northern and southern plants, and, in this case, of the presence of one particular species of pine.