The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft:|
in its primal world - much like the ants and bees of today. It
reproduced like the vegetable cryptogams, especially the Pteridophyta,
having spore cases at the tips of the wings and evidently developing
from a thallus or prothallus.
But to give it a name at this
stage was mere folly. It looked like a radiate, but was clearly
something more. It was partly vegetable, but had three-fourths
of the essentials of animal structure. That it was marine in origin,
its symmetrical contour and certain other attributes clearly indicated;
yet one could not be exact as to the limit of its later adaptations.
The wings, after all, held a persistent suggestion of the aerial.
At the Mountains of Madness