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Darwin in public and private


Extracts from Darwin's published works, in particular Descent of man, and selected letters, explore Darwin's views on the operation of sexual selection in humans, and both his publicly and privately expressed views on its practical implications…

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  • … selfishness…” Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 326 – 327. 5) “The chief distinction in the …
  • … the senses and hands….”  Descent (1871), vol. 2, pp. 327. 6) “…Thus man has ultimately …

Books on the Beagle


The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … under certain regulations.’ ( Narrative  Appendix, p. 327). The books were kept in the poop …

Eliza Burt Gamble


Women have interpreted and applied evolutionary theory in arguments about women’s nature for over a century. Eliza Burt Gamble (1841-1920) was a pioneer in this endeavor. Gamble was an advocate of the Woman Movement, a mother, a writer, and a teacher from…

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  • … to Sex , Vol. II (London: John Murray, 1871), 328, 327, The Complete Work of Charles Darwin …

People featured in the Dutch photograph album


Here is a list of people that appeared in the photograph album Darwin received for his birthday on 12 February 1877 from scientific admirers in the Netherlands. Many thanks to Hester Loeff for identifying and researching them.   …

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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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  • … Belles-Lettres et   Arts, rédigée a Genève  110: 32–7.  *128: 167 Anon. 1835. Thoughts …