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To W. E. Darwin   16 April [1868]


Asks WED whether Langstaff could make some observations on certain facial muscles in expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  16 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 129
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6124

From J. J. Weir   16 April 1868


Describes a curious litter of rabbits.

Pairing of rooks, courtship of golden pheasant.

Behaviour of finch hybrids.

Seasonal coloration of birds; bright plumage results from sexual selection.

Author:  John Jenner Weir
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1868
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 71–2, 140, DAR 181: 75
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6125
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Boat Memory


Boat Memory was one of the indigenous people from Tierra del Fuego brought back to England by Robert FitzRoy in 1830, but he remains as ghostly a figure as his name. What he was called by his own people is unknown, but the name Boat Memory, chosen by…

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  • … very favourable specimen of the race’ ( Narrative 1: 416). After FitzRoy realised that his …