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To Raphael Meldola   19 [June 1879]


Shares RM’s misgivings about Fritz Müller’s mutually protecting mimics. Would expect bird’s response to distasteful caterpillars to be instinctive. Believes J. J. Weir or Thomas Belt may have investigated the point.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Raphael Meldola
Date:  19 [June 1879]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350: Hope/Westwood Archive, Darwin folder)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12115
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Moral Nature


In Descent of Man, Darwin argued that human morality had evolved from the social instincts of animals, especially the bonds of sympathy and love. Darwin gathered observations over many decades on animal behavior: the heroic sacrifices of social insects,…

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  • … its own expense.— (Barrett et al. eds. 1987, p. 619) Darwin gathered …

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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  • … . 3 vols. Amsterdam and Paris. [Abstract in DAR 71: 6–19.]  *119: 5v., 17v.; 119: 19a ——. …