EXHIBIT: Around the World in 1051 Days

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Science  11 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5617, pp. 223
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5617.223b

It was the moon landing of its day. Between 1768 and 1771, Captain James Cook and his ship, HMS Endeavour, circumnavigated the globe on the first exclusively scientific voyage. This new site from the Natural History Museum in London showcases more than 100 paintings of plant specimens plucked during Endeavour's stops in Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, and other exotic destinations. Along with a gaggle of botanists, astronomers, and surveyors, the ship carried artist Sydney Parkinson, who painted most of the works exhibited here. Parkinson died of dysentery late in the voyage, and artists in England completed the rest of the paintings based on his sketches. The illustrations capture everything from lavish tropical vegetation, such as this Brazilian Bougainvillea spectabilis, to stalwart trees adapted to stormy Tierra del Fuego.


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