Sir Richard Owen: the archetypal villain

Richard Owen, 1856

What a strange man to be envious of a naturalist like myself, immeasurably his inferior! —Charles Darwin to J.S. Henslow, 8th May 1860 If ever an example were sought of the old dictum that history is written by the victors, we need look no further than that of the brilliant Victorian anatomist and palaeontologist Sir Richard… Continue reading Sir Richard Owen: the archetypal villain

A Far More Satisfactory Theory

The legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger sounds like a thoroughly good chap: not only did he actively participate in the American civil rights movement of the 1960s, and inspire an excellent album by Bruce Springsteen, but, according to a recent story in the Guardian newspaper, nowadays he'll spend hours in [the Beacon Sloop] club,… Continue reading A Far More Satisfactory Theory

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