RESOURCES: The Ultimate Darwin Library

Science  03 Nov 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5800, pp. 733
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5800.733d

One of the new species Charles Darwin discovered during his round-the-world voyage in the 1830s was the South American flightless bird Rhea darwinii. But the father of natural selection and his companions had eaten most of the first specimen before he realized its significance. Darwin tells that story in the first edition of his Journal of Researches, which makes its Web debut at this new archive hosted by Cambridge University in the U.K.

Curated by science historian John van Wyhe, the Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online holds all of the great evolutionist's publications, myriad manuscripts, and more than 150 works about him. The archive also presents the previously unpublished field notebooks from the Beagle voyage, including one volume missing since the 1980s. And it is the first Web site to post all six editions of the Origin of Species, allowing readers to trace the evolution of Darwin's thinking.

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