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Sheet from Darwin’s “On the origin of Species” manuscript to go on display

An original sheet from Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” manuscript, which has been covered in drawings by one of his children, is set to go on display at Cambridge.

Darwin created “a mound” of papers whilst he drafted his seminal work but less than 35 have survived.

Archivists believe the majority of the remaining sheets have only survived because he gave them to his children as drawing paper and kept the pictures.

Next week one of these sheets is to go on display for the first time with specimens from his Beagle voyage as part of a new exhibition at Cambridge University Library.

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