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2009-04-10 12:51:04

The Zoology Museum at Britain's University of Cambridge said it has discovered an egg collected by Charles Darwin during a South American expedition. Researchers at the museum said Darwin was known to have collected 16 bird eggs during his 1831-1836 expedition on the HMS Beagle, but all of the specimens were believed lost until a volunteer discovered one of the eggs in the museum's Darwin collection, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The brown egg, belonging to the Tinamou bird of Uruguay,...

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2009-03-23 13:28:15

Unlike most penniless college students surviving on ramen noodles and crackers, Charles Darwin enjoyed a pampered existence with someone to polish his shoes, make his bed and stoke his fire in his lavish room at the University of Cambridge where he attended almost two hundred years ago.

2009-02-24 06:00:00

MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) has announced that Professor Doug Hilton will be the Institute's next Director. Announcing Professor Hilton's appointment as Director-Designate, the President of the Board, Mr.

2009-02-13 11:23:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 200th birthday of Charles Darwin may have grabbed the headlines yesterday, but it was a new book by a Christian that stole the show.

2009-02-05 04:08:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- This year marks the bicentennial of two men who changed history forever with their ideas about emancipation and evolution.

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2009-02-02 16:05:00

Controversy continues to surround scientists' use of Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory to develop improved technologies, even in the days before marking the 200th anniversary of the English naturalist on Feb. 12.

2009-01-22 14:44:00

Clark will receive the award at the Chimie et Art conference in Paris on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie are pleased to announce that Robin J. H.

2009-01-09 04:20:00

GEORGETOWN, Texas, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Charles Darwin published his landmark book On the Evolution of Species in 1859, his theories on evolution were quickly accepted by the vast majority of scientists.

2009-01-05 10:40:00

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2008-11-28 14:50:13

A couple whose ages add up to a combined 179 said they have set a record as Britain's oldest newlyweds after nine years of dating. Penny Cooper, 90, and John Dawkins, 89, said their nuptials Tuesday at the Honiton, England, register office -- setting a record for the largest combined age for a newlywed couple in Britain, The Daily Mail reported Friday. Dawkins said Cooper was forced to move out of his home and into an extended care facility after she suffered a stroke 18 months ago, but he...


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Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

William Buckland
2013-10-14 14:04:00

William Buckland (March 12, 1784 – August 14, 1856) was an English theologian, ordained Anglican minister, geologist, and the prominent paleontologist of his day. He pioneered the use of fossilized feces, which he named “coprolites,” in the study and reconstruction of ancient ecosystems. Buckland is perhaps best known for naming and describing the very first recognized dinosaur fossil, the Megalosaurus, before the term “dinosaur” ever existed. Buckland was born at Axminster in...

Zoological Journal
2012-04-24 18:24:00

The Zoological Journal was a scientific journal published in the early nineteenth century on a quarterly basis. It was devoted entirely to zoology (animal kingdom). It was published in London by W. Philips. It featured “Original Communications, Translations of new and interesting Papers from Foreign sources and notices of new and remarkable facts in any way connected with Zoology," according to Gentlemen’s Magazine, 1823. The journal’s editors were Thomas Bell, John George Children,...

Iguanodon
2012-01-11 16:16:53

Iguanodon, meaning “Iguana tooth,” is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur known from the Kimmeridgian age of the Late Jurassic Period to the Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous Period. It lived in Asia, Europe and North America. Research in the early 2000s suggests however that only one species, I. bernissartensis, is well-substantiated, and lived during the Early Cretaceous Period in Europe. It was first discovered in 1822 and described three years later by English geologist Gideon...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Antonio de Ulloa was born on January 12, 1716 in Seville. Ulloa enlisted with the Spanish Navy in 1733. In 1735, he was sent to Ecuador as a member of the French Geodesic Mission. The mission, led by Pierre Bouguer, was organized by the French Academy of Sciences to measure a degree of the meridian at the equator. He stayed in Ecuador for 9 years until 1744, during this stint; he discovered platinum with his partner, Jorge Juan. In 1745, he returned to Spain. However, while enroute to...

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