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Lost Darwin fossils found in forgotten cabinet

A treasure trove of fossils collected by Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle have been found in a forgotten cabinet by a British researcher.

The slides — “stunning works of art,” according to Falcon-Lang — contain bits of fossil wood and plants ground into thin sheets and affixed to glass in order to be studied under microscopes. Some of the slides are half a foot long (15 centimeters), “great big chunks of glass,” Falcon-Lang said.

“How these things got overlooked for so long is a bit of a mystery itself,” he mused, speculating that perhaps it was because Darwin was not widely known in 1846 so the collection might not have been given “the proper curatorial care.”

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Story: Cassandra Vinograd, AP | Photo: AP

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