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Happy Darwin Day


Darwin's Finches (by John Gould)
Darwin wasn't an ornithologist, but surely he deserves a posthumous award!
"It is very remarkable that a nearly perfect gradation of structure in this one group can be traced in the form of the beak, from one exceeding in dimensions that of the largest gros-beak, to another differing but little from that of a warbler. Seeing this gradation and diversity of structure in one small, intimately related group of birds, one might really fancy that from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends."


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