Proto

God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed – that is the meaning of evolution.

— Graham Greene

I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule.

— W. S. Gilbert, 1836-1911

Organic life, we are told, has developed gradually from the protozoon to the philosopher, and this development, we are assured, is indubitably an advance. Unfortunately it is the philosopher, not the protozoon, who gives us this assurance.

— Bertrand Russell

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