It is of the nature of man to build a theory of life by projecting from such data, however limited, as are available to him.  The data today, in the late Twentieth Century, are more comprehensive than ever before, although still far from complete.  

The Eden Theory of Scodmils deals with the status of these animals, a key element in a theory of life based on today’s data.

The name ‘scodmil’ is here introduced as a multi-generic term covering all those man-like animals which may be expected to occur anywhere in the cosmos where advanced life is physically possible for an adequate period of time.  The cosmos appears to be constructed in a form which permits the development of life leading to scodmils, and their manifest success is such that comparable forms are likely to arise, separated in space and time, by normal processes of parallel evolution.

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