Atavism is not so much the persistence of the earlier, as the absence of the later stages of psychical development.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
M. Bergson's philosophy itself is a confession of a certain mystical rebellion and atavism in the contemporary mind.
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
I have often been amused to see how frequently this law of atavism is either misunderstood or ignored.
"The Boston Terrier and All About It" by Edward Axtell
We shall be driven more particularly to consider Mr Kipling's atavism in discussing his tales of the British Army.
"Rudyard Kipling" by John Palmer
Then she read "Atavism," and her little highly bred face looked savage!
"Man and Maid" by Elinor Glyn
If it were an atavism or a rudimentary organ some social surgery or other might relieve us of it.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
This case of atavism is truly singular.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
Altogether a good deal of nonsense has been written about atavism.
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
The lesson taught by the law of atavism is very plain.
"The Principles of Breeding" by S. L. Goodale
He was an atavism; of the race of those white-bodied, ferocious sea-kings that drank deep and died in the din of battle.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service