Chasing Darwin’s barnacles

Charles Darwin is best known for his theory of evolution through natural selection, but he was also passionate about barnacles. He studied them intensely between 1842 and 1854 and probably looked at all the main collections in the UK at the time.

some of Manchester's barnacles

some of Manchester's barnacles

On Tuesday, I was at the Natural History Museum in London and took the opportunity to look at some of Darwin’s barnacles. The reason I wanted to look at them is that there is a good chance that Darwin looked at Manchester’s barnacles. I hope to be able to say for certain with a bit more research.

I’ll let you know if I manage to tack things down.

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