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Fossils, Finches, and Fuegians: Darwin's Adventures and Discoveries on the Beagle

Keynes, Richard

Verlag: Oxford University Press, 2003
ISBN 10: 0195166493 / ISBN 13: 9780195166491
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Titel: Fossils, Finches, and Fuegians: Darwin's ...

Verlag: Oxford University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2003

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: For those interested in Darwin, evolution, and the account of Darwin's 5-year voyage on the "H.M.S. Beagle, " this book offers new insights on his trip and his understanding of the natural world. 12 page color photo insert. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0195166493

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Inhaltsangabe: When Charles Darwin, then age 22, first saw the HMS Beagle, he thought it looked "more like a wreck than a vessel commissioned to go round the world." But travel around the world it did, taking Darwin to South America, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and of course the Galapagos Islands, in a journey of discovery that lasted almost five years. Now, in Fossils, Finches and Fuegians, Richard Keynes, Darwin's great grandson, offers the first modern full-length account of Darwin's epoch-making expedition.
This was the great adventure of Charles Darwin's life. Indeed, it would have been a great adventure for anyone--tracking condor in Chile, surviving the great earthquake of 1835, riding across country on horseback in the company of gauchos, watching whales leaping skyward off Tierra del Fuego, hunting ostriches with a bolo, discovering prehistoric fossils and previously unknown species, and meeting primitive peoples such as the Fuegians. Keynes captures many of the natural wonders that Darwin witnessed, including an incredible swarm of butterflies a mile wide and ten miles long. Keynes also illuminates Darwin's scientific work--his important findings in geology and biology--and traces the slow revolution in Darwin's thought about species and how they might evolve. Numerous illustrations--mostly by artists who traveled with Darwin on the Beagle--grace the pages, including finely rendered drawings of many points of interest discussed in the book.
There has probably been no greater or more important scientific expedition than Darwin's voyage on the Beagle. Packed with colorful details of life aboard ship and in the wild, here is a fascinating portrait of Charles Darwin and of 19th century science.

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Richard Darwin Keynes is Former Professor of Physiology at Cambridge University and the editor of Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary.

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