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Specimens Collected by Darwin Discovered in British Collection

A British paleontologist has found a lost set of specimens collected by Charles Darwin.  The fossils were found in a box in the British Geological Survey.  The collection contains 314 slides of fossils prepared by Darwin, John Hooker, and others.  Some of the slides were collected by Darwin on his expedition on the HMS Beagle.

“To find a treasure trove of lost Darwin specimens from the Beagle voyage is just extraordinary,” said Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, the discoverer of the specimens. “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.”

The slides have been photographed and can be viewed online at

Specimens Collected by Darwin Discovered in British Collection
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