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Darwin in letters, 1878: Movement and sleep


In 1878, Darwin devoted most of his attention to the movements of plants. He investigated the growth pattern of roots and shoots, studying the function of specific organs in this process. Working closely with his son Francis, Darwin devised a series of…

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  • … the descent-theory to be established’. The Swiss botanist Arnold Dodel-Port announced on 12 June …
  • … our atlas would not have come together’ ( letter from Arnold Dodel-Port, 18 June 1878 ). In …
  • … and an earlier effort to promote his scheme at the 1874 meeting of the British Association in …