Category Archives: Darwin

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

I’ve just finished reading On the Vegetation of the Galapagos Archipelago, as compared with that of some other Tropical Islands and of the Continent of America by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, who was born 194 years ago today. In 1844, … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Birthday

Saturday is the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882). This day gives me an excuse to ramble on a little about Darwin in today’s world. Because of Darwin I ask different … Continue reading

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A New Take on Orchid Pollination

Do a google search on “how orchids deceive” and you’ll get roughly 390,000 answers. Many orchids, you’ll learn, appear to mimic bees or wasps to deceive their pollinators into interacting with them. In the group of orchids known as Oncidium … Continue reading

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Darwin Collects a Fern

Just in time to celebrate Darwin’s birthday, a publication in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society reported on 24 newly discovered specimens made by Darwin while on the voyage of the Beagle. The specimens represent 21 species distributed among … Continue reading

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