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17 février 2009 2 17 /02 /février /2009 00:00



Celebrate the great naturalist’s birthday with a tour of the London he knew.




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31 janvier 2009 6 31 /01 /janvier /2009 00:00

This series of fascinating tracks gives an insight into what it is like to carry out research on the remote, yet biologically important Galapagos Islands. Originally named the Enchanted Islands, the archipelago became famous following a visit by Charles Darwin on the voyage of HMS Beagle. Darwin wrote of the fabulous plants and animals he encountered there, and the wildlife is still little understood today. Scientists are shown finding ways to record the feeding and mating habits of iguanas and giant tortoises in an effort to preserve the species. People are barred from most of the islands, but tourism, development and the introduction of alien plant and animal species threatens the unique ecology. Massive efforts are being made to save the islands. Thousands of goats have been culled and invasive Red Quinine trees killed off with herbicide.

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15 novembre 2008 6 15 /11 /novembre /2008 15:23
Darwin's mockingbirds knock finches off perch



Mockingbirds from the Galapagos Islands, not finches, gave Charles Darwin his ideas about evolution, and his specimens, looked after at the Natural History Museum, go on display for the first time ever in the Darwin exhibition, opening on 14 November.

Darwin's finches are the better-known birds connected with helping Darwin come to his conclusions on evolution. However, it was the little-known mockingbirds that were the key.

 

San Cristobal mockingbird © Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich
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27 octobre 2008 1 27 /10 /octobre /2008 08:29
" ... poetry of many kinds, such as the works of Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, gave me great pleasure, and even as a schoolboy I took intense delight in Shakespeare, especially in the historical plays. "

" ... tous les genres de poésie, telles les oeuvres de Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge ou Shelley, me procuraient un grand plaisir ; de même, à l'école, je me délectais de Shakespeare, surtout des pièces historiques."
L'autobiographie.
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