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To J. D. Hooker   14 November [1858]

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Hermaphrodite trees are enough to "knock" CD down. Can JDH observe Eucalyptus to see whether pollen and stigma mature at same time?

JDH’s facts showing European plants are more common in southern Australia than in South America are disturbing because they are improbable on CD’s views of migration.

JDH said he would give examples of Australian forms that have migrated north along the mountains of the Malay Archipelago.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  14 Nov [1858]
Classmark:  DAR 114: 254
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2361

To J. D. Hooker   [14 November 1858]

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An enclosure sent with the letter to JDH, 14 November [1858] (Correspondence vol. 7) - questions and comments on lists of European species found in south-west Australia and Tasmania, and European genera found in Australia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  [14 Nov 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 50: E55–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2361F
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Ages 11-14

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New features for Charles Darwin's 208th birthday

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The website has been updated with an interactive timeline (try it!) and enhanced secondary school resources for ages 11-14. What's more, the full texts of the letters for 1872 are now online for the first time, and a selection of Darwin's…

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Learning Resources

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This section contains learning resources for the following: Ages 7-11 Ages 11-14 Universities There is also an interactive timeline aimed at schools.

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Six things Darwin never said – and one he did

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Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly attributed to Darwin that never flowed from his pen.

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  • … Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly …

Darwin's bad days

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Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and experimenting, even Darwin had some bad days. These times when nothing appeared to be going right are well illustrated by the following quotations from his letters:

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  • … Despite being a prolific worker who had many successes with his scientific theorising and …

Darwin and slavery

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Darwin was horrified by his encounters with slavery whilst on the Beagle voyage. Learn about the transatlantic slave trade through the context of his experiences.

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  • … Darwin believed that the enslavement of people was barbaric and, like the rest of his family, …

How dangerous was Darwin?

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Discover Darwin’s dilemma and the background leading to the publication of a book that altered the course of scientific thinking. What was the impact of Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species? How were his ideas received in the popular press?

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  • … Pupils explore the events that led to the publication of Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ and …

Darwin’s scientific women

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Darwin exchanged letters with women who were botanists, travellers, observers, writers, and naturalists. Find out about their lives and how they contributed to his research.

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  • … Darwin’s letters shed light on the lives of some otherwise little-known women and reveal how much …

Offer of a lifetime

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When Charles Darwin was 22 he was offered an exciting opportunity to join a sea voyage that would take him around the world. The journey would change Darwin’s life and the course of science - but he nearly didn’t go at all!

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  • … Pupils investigate the chain of letters and events leading up to Darwin going on the Beagle voyage …

Doing Darwin’s Experiments

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Darwin’s curiosity for the natural world meant he carried out experiments throughout his life. Try out his experiments in the class room and compare your results with his findings.

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  • … Darwin wrote to thousands of correspondents and his letters and notebooks show us how he worked. …

Beagle Voyage

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In 1831, aged 22, Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle for a voyage that would change his life and the way that we understand the world. Find out about the adventures that he had during his five years abroad.

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  • … Using a range of primary sources, including letters diary entries and contemporary images, the …

Home learning: 7-11 years

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Do try this at home! Support your children’s learning by downloading our free and fun activities for those aged between 7-11 and 11-14 years, using Darwin’s letters.  

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Darwin and Religion

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When Darwin published On the Origin of Species, was there a clear cut division between those who supported science and those who supported God? Find out how Darwin’s letters reveal a complex reaction from all sides and a desire from Darwin to keep his…

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  • … Pupils explore the reaction to Darwin’s findings as evidenced through his letters. Activities …