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On his death in 1882 Darwin was celebrated as something of a national hero. Although often controversial, he was “one of the greatest naturalists of his time”. Darwin’s correspondence is key to understanding how he achieved this status. The…

On his death in 1882 Darwin was celebrated as something of a national hero. Although often controversial, he was “one of the greatest naturalists of his time”. Darwin’s correspondence is key to understanding how he achieved this status. The…

Darwin refers to Mary Treat’s published work ‘Observations on the Sundew’, American Naturalist Vol. VII, (December, 1873), pp. 705 – 708.

Like Descent, the main consideration of Expression is human origins. In Expression Darwin focused on human emotion and psychology, exploring the origin of genetically determined aspects of human behaviour and emotion.

Descent is Darwin’s second book on evolutionary theory. In Descent Darwin applies the evolutionary theory of On the Origin of the Species (1859) to human evolution; he provides detailed evidence of the relationship between man and other forms and…

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 7, pp. 134--5.

William Swale, a prominent nurseryman in New Zealand, writes to Darwin to discuss the absence of a native bee in New Zealand. His letter included four bee specimens labeled ‘Naturalised Bee’. Shown in three formats; the original letter…

Charles Darwin as represented in Vanity Fair’s ‘Men of the Day’ series in 1871. As this image and caption suggests, by the time he published Descent in 1871 Charles Darwin was well known and well respected for his major work On the Origin of…