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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-1472

To Edward Forbes   23 January [1852?]

Down Farnborough Kent

Jany 23d

My dear Forbes

The Balanus from Bembridge, Barton & Headon beds is the same species B. unguiformis of Sowerby.1 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.—2

Most truly your’s | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
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.
2
Forbes was among those thanked in the preface of Fossil Cirripedia (1854) for having provided specimens.

Summary

Discusses Balanus unguiformis. Promises to return specimen.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1472
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Forbes, Edward
Sent from
Down
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1472,” accessed on 26 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1472

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