When Charles Darwin dug up strange mammal fossils 180 years ago, he had no idea what he’d found. They resembled a camel with an elephant trunk, or a hippo with the head of a rhino. An international team of researchers sought to study...Show More Summary
“Toxodon is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no …
An expedition to the Galápagos Islands to view the wildlife and scenery that inspired Charles Darwin is, by almost any measure, a trip of a lifetime. But despite the time and expense involved in getting there, travelers in search of luxurious accommodations have had, until recently, to...
To 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin, they were the strangest animals yet discovered, one looking like a hybrid of a hippo, rhino and rodent and another resembling a humpless camel with an elephant’s trunk. Ever since Darwin first collected their fossils about 180 years ago,...
A nearly 200-year-old evolutionary puzzle surrounding the group of mammals that Charles Darwin called the "strangest animals ever discovered”, has now been assembled; the scientists now know what group of animals they relate to.
Scientists have resolved pieces of a nearly 200-year-old evolutionary puzzle surrounding the group of mammals that Charles Darwin called the “strangest animals ever discovered.” New research shows that South America’s native ungulates,...Show More Summary
When the father of evolution found the first fossilized example of what would become the genus Toxodon in South America, he called it the "strangest animal ever discovered." Charles Darwin's find had the curved tooth of a rodent, but also seemed to share features with hippos and sloths, among other things. Show More Summary
While visiting Uruguay in the 1830s, Charles Darwin came across the fossilized remains of Toxodon, a giant hoofed creature, which he called one of the strangest animals ever discovered. In size it equalled an elephant or megatherium, he wrote in The Voyage of the Beagle, but the structure of its teeth, as Mr. Show More Summary
What did Charles Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Marcel Proust all have in common? Besides being creative geniuses, they shared an odd quirk: The luminaries were abnormally sensitive to noise, and often required solitude to work. Proust, for instance, rarely left his one-bedroom apartment in Paris. Show More Summary
Francis Galton would have been the famous eccentric scientist in any family except the one he was born into. The Darwin, Wedgewood, and Galton families were thick with scientists, and Francis wasn't anywhere near the favorite. He did leave his mark in both large and small ways. The dog whistle is one of the smaller ways. Read more...
There aren’t many places on earth more mythical than the Galápagos Islands, the archipelago that sparked Charles Darwin to form his theory of evolution almost two centuries ago. Protected as a World Heritage Site, they’re bursting with life, from ancient tortoises to Darwin’s finches to bright sea creatures. But as a place for people to [ … ]
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History canceled a series of events honoring scientist Charles Darwin after two local retired engineers lobbied for discussions on “intelligent design” to be included, KRQE-TV reported. “It’s a very controversial issue,” said James...
A watercolor on the back of a page of the original On the Origin of Species manuscript A vast collection of digitizations and transcriptions of naturalist Charles Darwin‘s manuscripts is still growing in the ongoing Darwin Manuscripts Project at the American Museum of Natural History. Some notable finds in the project are doodles and paintings […]
One of Charles Darwin's quirks was his curiosity as to how the animals he studied tasted. Throughout his life, he went around the world eating exotic species. Read more...
On this day in 1871, Charles Darwin's book "Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex" was published in London.
Darwin Day, February 12th, passed last week without much fuss, even from those of us who have written at length about the man it honors. Celebrating Charles Darwin’s birthday has some of the vibe of Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin—there’s a hope, and a ritual, but it can be pretty lonely. Show More Summary
The genetic sequence of finches is used by composer Gregory W. Brown to create melody for his Missa Charles Darwin. He talks about the "visceral experience" of his work in Music for Writers.
On a page from Charles Darwin’s original manuscript of On the Origin of Species, two mounted swordsmen face off—one’s steed a mighty galloping carrot while the other, wearing a plumed yellow turban, approaches on a menacing-looking, four-legged eggplant. Show More Summary
The amazing change in corn over the centuries, from grass-like Teosinte to a more familiar, modern variety. Happy belated Darwin Day, though Charles Darwin's birthday and therefore his namesake day was actually February 12, 1809! Despite...Show More Summary
You'll be happy to know that the mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, Jean Stothert, signed a proclamation honoring Charles Darwin's birthday: Somewhere, a Creationist is shedding a single tear.