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From Lawson Tait   27 March [1876]


Regrowth of amputated digits is a capacity possessed by the new-born but rapidly lost.

Author:  Robert Lawson (Lawson) Tait
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Mar [1876]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10431
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People featured in the Dutch photograph album


List of people appearing in the photograph album Darwin received from scientific admirers in the Netherlands for his birthday on 12 February 1877. We are grateful to Hester Loeff for providing this list and for permission to make her research available.…

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Darwin in public and private


Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • … selfishness…” Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 326 – 327. 5) “The chief distinction in the …
  • … the senses and hands….”  Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 327. 6) “…Thus man has ultimately …

Books on the Beagle


The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … under certain regulations.’ ( Narrative  Appendix, p. 327). The books were kept in the poop …

George James Stebbing


George James Stebbing (1803—1860) travelled around the world with Charles Darwin on board HMS Beagle and helped him with measuring temperature on at least one occasion. However, Stebbing barely registers in Darwin’s correspondence. The only mention omits…

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  • … by the Beagle’s voyage’ ( Narrative  2: Appendix, p. 327).  It is unclear what Stebbing did …

Eliza Burt Gamble


Women have interpreted and applied evolutionary theory in arguments about women’s nature for over a century. Eliza Burt Gamble (1841-1920) was a pioneer in this endeavor. Gamble was an advocate of the Woman Movement, a mother, a writer, and a teacher from…

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  • … to Sex , Vol. II (London: John Murray, 1871), 328, 327, The Complete Work of Charles Darwin …

Darwin’s reading notebooks


In April 1838, Darwin began recording the titles of books he had read and the books he wished to read in Notebook C (Notebooks, pp. 319–28). In 1839, these lists were copied and continued in separate notebooks. The first of these reading notebooks (DAR 119…

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  • … Belles-Lettres et   Arts, rédigée a Genève  110: 32–7.  *128: 167 Anon. 1835. Thoughts …