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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

Charles Darwin’s ecological experiment

200 years ago Charles Darwin changed the face of Ascension Island in a unique ecological experiment that could hold the secret to colonizing Mars. Ascension was an arid island, buffeted by dry trade winds from southern Africa. Devoid of trees at the time of Darwin and Hooker's visits, the little

Charle Darwin’s family suffered from inbreeding

Here is something I did not know about Charles Darwin: his family was inbred and it affected his children. He is the father of evolution, whose discoveries revolutionised our understanding of genetics. But even Charles Darwin was not exempt from the vagaries of DNA. Three of Darwin's 10 children

Charles Darwin had vomiting sickness

An academic is claiming that Charles Darwin suffered from a genetic vomiting disorder. Darwin often became a virtual recluse during the worst episodes. Previous theories regarding the cause of his illness have included hypochondria or panic disorders, while others claimed the problems lay with ‘repressed anger towards his father’, nervousness about his

The search for Charles Darwin’s missing notebook

English Heritage has launched an appeal to track down one of Charles Darwin's Galapagos notebook, which was probably stolen in the early 1980s. Sadly, the Galapagos notebook has never been seen since its disappearance from Darwin's Kent home, Down House near Orpington. It is likely a visitor took the opportunity to

Charles Darwin first edition found on toilet bookshelf

A first edition of On the Origin of the Species has been found on a shelf in a guest bathroom in southern England. Christie's auction house said Sunday the book — one of around 1,250 copies first printed in 1859 — had been on a toilet bookshelf at a family's home

Darwin’s great-great-granddaughter recreates historic voyage

The great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin has set sail from Devon in an attempt to recreate her forebearer's historic voyage on the HMS Beagle. Darwin's original five-year voyage of discovery on HMS Beagle began in 1831 from Plymouth Sound. Biologist and botanist Sarah Darwin, 44, will retrace her forefather's footsteps. "We're going in his

Decorated whale’s tooth from HMS Beagle up for auction

A whale's tooth decorated by a marine on the HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's expedition is set to fetch over $80,000 at auction. The scrimshaw, a piece of work created by a whaler, depicts two images of HM Sloop Beagle, one when she was at sea and the other when she