Lost Darwin Fossils Found By Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang

By on Jan 17, 2012 in Archaelogy, Europe, Science, World Comments
Lost Darwin Fossil
One of the glass slides
from the collection

Image Credit: The Telegraph

Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist who is based in the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London, found scores of fossils which are believed to be a collection of Charles Darwin and his peers that had been lost for some 165 years. This was reported by several UK news sites on Monday, January 16, 2012.

According to reports, Dr. Falcon-Lang found the glass slides which contain the fossils in an old wooden cabinet that was kept in a “gloomy corner” of the British Geological Survey. Reports said that one of the first specimens Falcon-Lang saw using a flashlight was labeled “C. Darwin Esq.

“Inside the drawer were hundreds of beautiful glass slides made by polishing fossil plants into thin translucent sheets. This process allows them to be studied under the microscope. Almost the first slide I picked up was labelled ‘C. Darwin Esq’,” Dr. Falcon-Lang told BBC.

Reports said that Falcon-Lang‘s find was composed of 314 slides of specimens collected by Darwin and other members of his inner circle which includes John Hooker, a botanist and a dear friend of Darwin, and Rev. John Henslow, Darwin‘s mentor at Cambridge.

The fossils were reportedly photographed and are now available for public viewing through a new online museum exhibit at http://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/geologyOfBritain/archives/jdhooker/home.html

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