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Charles Darwin's 'Gorgonia' : a palaeontological mystery from the Falkland Islands resolved

Stone, Phil; Rushton, Adrian; Fearnhead, Fiona. 2015 Charles Darwin's 'Gorgonia' : a palaeontological mystery from the Falkland Islands resolved. Falkland Islands Journal, 10 (4). 6-15.

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Abstract/Summary

During the celebrated voyage of HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin visited the Falkland Islands twice, in March 1833 and March 1834. He thought the islands bleak and inhospitable, but was much excited during his first visit to discover fossils at Port Louis. These he recognised as brachiopods (a type of shellfish) and crinoids (often described descriptively as ‘sea-lilies’ but actually animals related to sea urchins); an example of the kind of fossils that he saw is shown in Figure 1.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Date made live: 09 Nov 2015 15:06 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/512187

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