By Charles Darwin
Even prior to Charles Darwin replaced the area together with his thought of ordinary choice, he was once recognized as an eminent scientist and normal historian. released in 1840, his magazine of Researches into the Geology and normal heritage of a number of the nations Visited via H.M.S. Beagle finds him as a author of bold intelligence and a prepared observer of typical and human existence. Darwin's magazine encompasses each observable aspect of the animals, birds and crops he encountered at the five-year voyage. It comprises minute descriptions or even sketches of the routine and conduct of hitherto unusual species. Accompanying the entries are his personal conclusions, analyses and classificatory notes that show his ability and ability as a naturalist. Darwin's entries on traditional phenomena are interspersed with anecdotes of the indigenous peoples he encountered, remodeling his magazine from an impersonal medical list to a booklet of real human curiosity.
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1832. not extend within the extreme conical points. In small but perfect spheres of brownish granular matter supplied the place of the septa; and I observed the curious process by which they were produced. The pulpy matter of the internal coating suddenly grouped itself into lines, some of which assumed a form radiating from a common centre ; it then continued, with an irregular and rapid movement, to contract itself, so that, in the course of a second, the whole was united into a perfect little sphere, which occupied the position of the septum at one end of the now quite hollow case.
Before making any observations respecting them, I will give an account of a little excursion I made as far as the river Polanco, which is about seventy miles distant, in a northerly direction. I may mention, as a proof how cheap every thing is in this country, that I paid only two dollars a day, or eight shillings, for two men, together with a troop of about a dozen riding-horses. My companions were well armed with pistols and sabres $ a precaution which I thought rather unnecessary; but the first piece of news we heard was, that, the day before, a traveller from Monte Video had been found dead on the road, with his throat cut.
The weather for some days previously had been calm, and the ocean abounded, to an unusual degree, with living creatures. * In the sea around Tierra del Fuego, and at no great distance from the land, I have seen narrow lines of water of a bright red colour, from the number of Crustacea, which somewhat resemble in form large prawns. The sealers call them whale-food. Whether whales feed on them I do not know; but terns, cormorants, and immense herds of great unwieldly seals, on some parts of the coast, derive their chief sustenance from these swimming crabs.