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Salvador da Bahia


Seasickness and wonderfully increasing collections

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  • … Reports on his trip across the Atlantic Ocean and arrival in the tropics of Brazil. …

Ascension Island


Wild sea

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  • … Describes the desert volcanic rocks and wild sea of Ascension. …

The Voyage of the Beagle


It was a letter from his friend and former teacher, John Stevens Henslow, that brought the 22-year-old Charles Darwin news of the offer of a place on board the Admiralty surveying vessel HMS Beagle on a voyage to chart the coast of South America. During…

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  • … Capt. F. wants a man (I understand) more as a companion than a mere collector & would not take …

Essay: Evolutionary teleology


—by Asa Gray EVOLUTIONARY TELEOLOGY When Cuvier spoke of the ‘combination of organs in such order that they may be in consistence with the part which the animal has to play in Nature,’ his opponent, Geoffroy St.-Hilaire, rejoined, ‘I know nothing of…

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  • … side of the head. The writer makes much of this case (see p. 306), and we are not disposed to pass …