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Falkland Islands

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'Man in his primitive wildness'

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  • … and the Falkland Islands, and his encounters with Fuegian people. …

Darwin’s Networks

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Darwin wrote to around 2000 people all over the world to help him tackle some fundamental questions about life on earth. Discover how Darwin's ideas spread in North America and how he researched artificial selection practised by animal and plant…

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  • … Darwin wrote to around 2000 people all over the world to help him tackle some fundamental questions …

Cordillera Beagle expedition

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To mark the completion of the Darwin Project and the 214th anniversary of Darwin's birth, use our new interactive to explore 3D images of the rocks Darwin collected on a Beagle voyage inland expedition in the foothills of the Andes in 1834.

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  • … horseback in August and September 1834. Find out about the people and places he encountered on his …

Syms Covington

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When Charles Darwin embarked on the Beagle voyage in 1831, Syms Covington was ‘fiddler & boy to Poop-cabin’. Covington kept an illustrated journal of his observations and experiences on the voyage, noting wildlife, landscapes, buildings and people and,…

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  • … on the voyage , noting wildlife, landscapes, buildings and people and, frequently, food. …

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Māori

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  • … The German explorer Julius von Haast has compiled a list of people to send Darwin's expression …

Scientific Networks

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Friendship|Mentors|Class|Gender In its broadest sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel the communication of knowledge, and that substantially determine both its intellectual form and content,…

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  • … sense, a scientific network is a set of connections between people, places, and things that channel …

1.3 Thomas Herbert Maguire, lithograph

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< Back to Introduction This striking portrait of Darwin, dating from 1849, belonged to a series of about sixty lithographic portraits of naturalists and other scientists drawn by Thomas Herbert Maguire. They were successively commissioned over a…

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  • … its Honorary Secretary. The idea was to instruct local people in the rudiments of natural science …

Rock Island, Illinois, USA

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Can't answer Darwin's questions

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  • … expression questions because there are no indigenous people to observe. …

Prize possessions: To Henry Denny, 17 January [1865]

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Between 1980 and 2018, I was honorary curator of the Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology in the University of Sheffield. One of our prize possessions was a letter from Darwin to Henry Denny, then curator and assistant secretary of the Literary and Philosophical…

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  • … of human body lice evolving into different species on people on different parts of the world. We …

4.47 'Puck' cartoon 4

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< Back to Introduction Following on from Reason Against Unreason and The Sun of the Nineteenth Century, another cartoon in the American humorous magazine Puck depicted Darwin as the epitome of philosophical enlightenment. The Universal Church of the…

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  • … between a church and a library –  where well-dressed people sit in attitudes of sober thought. They …

Evolution: Selected Letters of Charles Darwin 1860-1870

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This selection of Charles Darwin’s letters includes correspondence with his friends and scientific colleagues around the world; letters by the critics who tried to stamp out his ideas, and by admirers who helped them to spread. It takes up the story of…

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  • … accordingly. Letters conveyed public reaction to Darwin, as people who were often complete strangers …

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin: the last word

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The Darwin Correspondence Project has now disbanded, having completed its work with the publication of volume 30.

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  • … 2022.   Since its foundation in 1974, more than ninety people were employed by or volunteered with …

Who we were

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Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first founded in 1974. Some names are now lost to us, and we would appreciate hearing from anyone who has contributed in the past and is not listed here. The final staff of…

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  • … Many people have contributed to the Darwin Correspondence Project since it was first …

Instinct and the Evolution of Mind

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Sources|Discussion Questions|Experiment Slave-making ants For Darwin, slave-making ants were a powerful example of the force of instinct. He used the case of the ant Formica sanguinea in the On the Origin of Species to show how instinct operates—how…

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  • … Darwin corresponded about slave-making ants with various people, both before and after the …

2.27 William Couper bust, New York

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< Back to Introduction In 1909 the centenary of Darwin’s birth and the fifty years anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species coincided. In recognition of this historic milestone, a grand celebration and international colloquium took place…

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  • … birthday, 12 February 1909, attended by some three hundred people. Both Presidents involved in the …

3.1 Antoine Claudet, daguerreotype

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< Back to Introduction This daguerreotype of Darwin with his firstborn child, William, was, according to a label on the glass, taken on 23 August 1842, just before the family moved from London to Down. It is generally attributed to the French…

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  • … papa was young William’s ‘prime favourite’ among the people surrounding him in his infancy, and he …

ESHS 2018: 19th century scientific correspondence networks

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Sunday 16 September, 16:00-18.00, Institute of Education, Room 802   Session chair: Paul White (Darwin Correspondence Project); Discussion chair: Francis Neary (Darwin Correspondence Project) This session marks the formal launch of Ɛpsilon …

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  • … is interested in recovering the ways in which working-class people challenged borders and boundaries …

Darwin’s reading notebooks

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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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  • … 1822.  An account of the Abipones,   an equestrian people of Paraguay . Translated from Latin …
  • … population shewn   to be connected with the food of the people . London. [Other eds.]  119: 13a …
  • … and of the origin, language, agriculture, .   . . of the people. Founded on a series of annual …
  • … ——. 1847.  First impressions of England and its people . London. [Other eds.]  119: 20a …
  • … in 1855; with   notices of the country, government and people . London.  *128: 157 …

Darwin and religion in America

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Thomas Dixon, 'America’s Difficulty with Darwin', History Today (2009), reproduced by permission.  Darwin has not been forgotten. But he has, in some respects, been misremembered. That has certainly been true when it comes to the relationship…

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  • … work of this great man of science, Farrar said, had enabled people to read ‘many hitherto …
  • … result of his determination to speak for the normal working people of America. In the case of the …
  • … intellectual elite, but rather the taxpayers themselves. If people wished their children to be …

Six things Darwin never said – and one he did

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Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly attributed to Darwin that never flowed from his pen.

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  • … Spot the fakes! Darwin is often quoted – and as often misquoted. Here are some sayings regularly …
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