The Hand of Darwin: Beagle Dairy -Yuche Island, Tres Montes

The Hand of Darwin: Beagle Dairy -Yuche Island, Tres Montes

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Beagle Dairy: Yuche Island, Tres Montes

Hand-drawn, Watercolor Map by Charles Darwin

Although Darwin is better known for his line sketches made in the margins of his field notebooks, he also drew more artistic renditions of large-scale geological formations. This stratigraphical long section map details the geographical composition of the South American coast eastwards from Copiapo to Tierra Amarilla.

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 44:19)

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From Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary:

New South Wales
January 19, 1836

I had been lying on a sunny bank & was reflecting on the strange character of the Animals of this country as compared to the rest of the World. An unbeliever in everything beyond his own reason, might exclaim "Surely two distinct Creators must have been [at] work; their object however has been the same & certainly the end in each case is complete".— Whilst thus thinking, I observed the conical pitfall of a Lion-Ant:— A fly fell in & immediately disappeared; then came a large but unwary Ant; his struggles to escape being very violent, the little jets of sand described by Kirby (Vol. 1. P. 425) were promptly directed against him.— (Note in margin: NB The pitfall was not above half the size of the one described by Kirby.) His fate however was better than that of the poor fly's:— Without a doubt this predacious Larva belongs to the same genus, but to a different species from the European one.— Now what would the Disbeliever say to this? Would any two workmen ever hit on so beautiful, so simple & yet so artificial a contrivance? It cannot be thought so.— The one hand has surely worked throughout the universe. A Geologist perhaps would suggest, that the periods of Creation have been distinct & remote the one from the other; that the Creator rested in his labor.—"

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has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.