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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Glories of a Brazilian forest

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  • … Describes his first encouter with a tropical forest and recieves geological information and …

Richard Matthews

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Richard Matthews was 21 years old when he stepped aboard the Beagle, destined for a lonely career as a missionary in Tierra del Fuego. The Church Missionary Society had arranged for him to accompany the three Fuegians (Fuegia Basket, Jemmy Button, and York…

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  • … time to save his life’, Darwin recorded (Darwin 1845, p. 226). Matthews was back on board the …

The evolution of honeycomb

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Honeycombs are natural engineering marvels, using the least possible amount of wax to provide the greatest amount of storage space, with the greatest possible structural stability. Darwin recognised that explaining the evolution of the honey-bee’s comb…

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  • … a structure like that of the honey-bee ( Origin , p. 226). Further, there were advantages to a …