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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. R. Grove to Charles Lyell   2 July 1871

July 2d 1871

Dear Lyell

I forgot while you were with me to day to submit a problem in Darwinism to you   If you can get C Darwin to answer it I shall be glad   To what far distant origin can the configuration of the skin surface at the last points of the fingers & toes be traced   I enclose 3 impressions of my fingers which will explain what I mean   look at the symmetrical but different curves on each of them   What in the history of the species genus order &c does it come from1

Ever yrs W R Grove

Footnotes

Lyell evidently forwarded Grove’s query to CD; see letter to W. R. Grove, 4 July [1871].

Summary

Asks Lyell to put a question to CD: "To what far distant origin can the configuration of the skin surface [the symmetrical but different curves] at the last points of the fingers and toes be traced?"

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7847
From
William Robert Grove
To
Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 165: 235
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7847,” accessed on 4 August 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-7847.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19

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