Darwin’s ominous book [Origin of Species] had been available in Bronn’s translation for two years. The German professional zoologists, botanists and geologists almost all regarded it [Darwin’s theory] as absolute nonsense. Agassiz, Geibel, Keferstein, and so many others, laughed until they were red in the face.
Bölsche, W., Haeckel — His life and work, p. 138, 1906, tr. Joseph McCabe, George W. Jacobs & Co. Publishers. Philadelphia.