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Letter 1472

Darwin, C. R. to Forbes, Edward

23 Jan [1852?]

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    Discusses Balanus unguiformis. Promises to return specimen.

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Down Farnborough Kent

Jany 23d

My dear Forbes

The Balanus from Bembridge, Barton & Headon beds is the same species B. unguiformis of Sowerby. The Headon specimens, about which I doubted are the best characterised & are so perfect, as to be worth preserving. The specimens shall be taken care of, & returned to you hereafter with others that I have of yours.—

Most truly your's | C. Darwin

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    f1 1472.f1
    CD described these fossil specimens from Eocene formations of the southern British coast and the Isle of Wight in Living Cirripedia (1854): 296–8. He included short descriptions of the fossil forms of Balanidae and Verrrucidae in Living Cirripedia (1854) because at this stage he was unsure that the Palaeontographical Society would publish a work on the fossil species of these groups.
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    f2 1472.f2
    Forbes was among those thanked in the preface of Fossil Cirripedia (1854) for having provided specimens.
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