Sunday, November 16, 2008

Darwin Mania!

Thank goodness we're not too far from the February anniversary date, as natural history museums and the reporters they invite to press conferences are getting desperate for news.

The latest? Strands of beard hair "believed" to have been Charles Darwin's have been found. According to the BBC and other news agencies, Darwin's great-great grandson Randal Keynes found them in a box marked (of course!) "remaining hair." Keynes came across the hair -- found inside a small leather box, carefully wrapped in tissue paper -- as he was going through Darwin's Shropshire possessions. Apparently, the strands came with a message: "Found after his death in my father's papers." The hair is now part of a Natural History Museum exhibition.

Laura Moorhead

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