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P776114


P number: P776114
Caption: Genus: Genus & sp not known; Taxon: Not known; Locality: Chiloe Island Chile. Microscope slide from the Sir Joseph D. Hooker Collection, BGS.
Description: Between 1831-1836, Charles Darwin explored the world on H.M.S. Beagle. His observations were to form the core of his theory of evolution. This slide shows a piece of fossil wood that he collected from the Island of Chiloe, Chile in 1834. Darwin didn't enjoy his time on Chiloe calling it a 'miserable hole'! Age: Tertiary Period, 40 million years old.
Additional information: From Collection B: Darwin collection. At least two slides represent material collected by Darwin in Chiloe, southern Chile, in the course of the Voyage of the Beagle in 1835. Other similar slides, unlabeled, may also be Darwin's material, but more study is required. This material is similar in construction to slides cut by the professional lapidiary, Topping (whose slides for a separate collection below). Hooker and Darwin were close friends so perhaps these are specimens that Darwin passed to Hooker for study. Slides from the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, 1831-1836.
Orientation: Portrait
Size: 71.38KB; 639 x 1000 pixels; 54 x 85 mm (print at 300 DPI); 169 x 265 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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Categories: Unsorted Images, Special collections/ Joseph D. Hooker collection of microscope slides  
Collection ID number: Palaeosaurus ID: PF 7455

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