UK Scientists Find “Lost” Darwin Fossils

British scientists have found scores of fossils the great evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin and his peers collected but that had been lost for more than 150 years.

Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, said Tuesday that he stumbled upon the glass slides containing the fossils in an old wooden cabinet that had been shoved in a “gloomy corner” of the massive, drafty British Geological Survey.

Using a flashlight to peer into the drawers and hold up a slide, Falcon-Lang saw one of the first specimens he had picked up was labeled ‘C. Darwin Esq.”

“It took me a while just to convince myself that it was Darwin’s signature on the slide,” the paleontologist said, adding he soon realized it was a “quite important and overlooked” specimen.

He described the feeling of seeing that famous signature as “a heart in your mouth situation,” saying he wondering “Goodness, what have I discovered!”

Falcon-Lang’s find was a collection of 314 slides of specimens collected by Darwin and other members of his inner circle, including John Hooker — a botanist and dear friend of Darwin — and the Rev. John Henslow, Darwin’s mentor at Cambridge, whose daughter later married Hooker.

Falcon-Lang said the unearthed fossils — lost for 165 years — show there is more to learn from a period of history scientists thought they knew well.

“To find a treasure trove of lost Darwin specimens from the Beagle voyage is just extraordinary,” Falcon-Lang added. “We can see there’s more to learn. There are a lot of very, very significant fossils in there that we didn’t know existed.”

I jsut absolutely needed to share this when I saw it


(Source: Yahoo!, via helvetebrann)

  1. hollyhockdanu-inactive-blog reblogged this from lifethroughgeologictime
  2. humanistdan reblogged this from helvetebrann
  3. lifethroughgeologictime reblogged this from helvetebrann
  4. lifethroughgeologictime said: *Sound of intense pleasure*
  5. prue126 reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  6. a-romeo-that-loves reblogged this from kingof40thieves
  7. sweetissimo reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  8. opakakaek reblogged this from helvetebrann
  9. christinafabrizio reblogged this from eudaimonistic
  10. eudaimonistic reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  11. alcoholichulk reblogged this from helvetebrann
  12. lessaismore reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  13. shestaysg0ld reblogged this from kingof40thieves
  14. alterboy69x reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  15. democratsaresexier reblogged this from kingof40thieves
  16. shmaug reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  17. smudgiemomma reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  18. yungsaintjesus reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  19. schrodingers-kitten reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  20. atheismfuckyeah reblogged this from helvetebrann and added:
    I jsut absolutely needed to share this when I saw it ~Mooglets
  21. captainsway reblogged this from helvetebrann
  22. kingof40thieves reblogged this from helvetebrann
  23. helvetebrann posted this