Darwin's kids used now-priceless manuscript as scrap paper


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Somehow that seems like it makes the manuscripts even better.


#3

Agreed.


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I'd call this an enormous improvement since it reminds us that even the greatest scientific breakthroughs are made by people with lives outside the laboratory.


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That kid was a great artist, too.


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On the Order of the Species?

Never heard of it.


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Needs more ancient astronauts armed with flamethrowers and riding dinosaurs.


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It's interesting that the birds are so multi-coloured but the insects are just b&w line drawings.


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Anyone who seriously studies historical texts gets used to this. Medieval manuscripts are particularly good for marginal doodles, not to mention referential illumination alluding to medieval marginal doodle "standards".


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Wasn't the issue that paper was quite expensive? You couldn't just pop down to Staples and get reams of it for cheap.


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